Lawn Care Tips
How to Fertilize Your Lawn
The area surrounding your house can have a very positive or negative effect on its appearance. A green, fertile lawn adds beauty and is the envy of the entire neighborhood, as well as anyone that passes by your home. However, weed-free, thick and bright green grass does not come without some attention and pampering. One key element to having a yard everyone admires is to learn how to properly fertilize it.
Things you’ll need:
- Fertilizer spreader
- Water hose
- You will need a fertilizer spreader. There are two main types.
- Choose a rotary spreader for larger lawns.
- For smaller lawns or lawns with areas that need precise fertilizing (around flower beds and landscaping), pick a drop spreader.
Analyze the needs of your lawn depending on the time of year. This will help you determine which type of fertilizer to purchase.
- You will want to use a preventative fertilizer in early spring. This type of product takes care of weeds and diseases before they occur.
- Late spring calls for a high analysis fertilizer that releases nitrogen and also kills weeds that are growing in your lawn.
- Fertilize with a nitrogen release fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks during the summer to keep your lawn looking its best during the peak-growing season.
Use 2 products in the fall. The first should control perennial weeds in the grass. The second will help prepare your lawn for the winter by creating a strong root system.
Open and close your spreader while it is empty to ensure that it works properly.
Adjust the spreader so the release of fertilizer matches the recommended dosage on the fertilizer bag.
Chose an area of your lawn where you wish to begin the fertilization.
Open the mechanism on the spreader.
Walk at a normal pace while spraying the fertilizer. Remain as constant as possible without stopping, slowing or speeding your pace or turning off the spreader.
Cover your entire yard with the fertilizer. Be cautious about not overlapping or skipping areas.
Clean your spreader. Spray the inside and the outside of the spreader with a water hose.
Check to see if the type of fertilizer you chose requires you to water your lawn after application. These details will be listed on the bag.
Be careful about choosing a location when cleaning your spreader. You do not want to wash excess fertilizer onto an area of your lawn. Choose your driveway, rocks or concrete for the cleaning.