There are countless individual
plants on your property that require feeding, collectively they are
called your lawn.
Your lawn needs to be healthy in order to resist
pests and shade out weeds. The secret of having a healthy green lawn lies in
providing it with sufficient nutrients as part of your lawn care routine.
Well fed lawns are stronger and have a deeper root
system. Heat and drought are more survivable if your grass is hearty before
the drought hits.
Lawn fertilizers are the delivery system that
provide the necessary nutrients for your lawn to be healthy and grow strong. Buy the highest quality lawn fertilizer you can
afford. The results will be far better than the cheap product and you will
stand a lesser chance of burning your lawn.
The Ingredients in the fertilizer will be printed on
the bag and are listed as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium:
Nitrogen is needed for healthy green growth and
regulation of other nutrients.
Phosphorus helps to enhance roots and seed development and
helps plants resist disease.
Potassium is also important in root development and
In almost every case you will be looking for a slow release fertilizer because a slow release
feeds the lawn over a longer period of time and is far less likely to burn
the lawn. The label on the package will state if product is a slow release
or quick release.
Before purchasing your
lawn fertilizer, read the instructions on the bag carefully or ask someone
at the store for help. A neighbor that has had particularly green grass over
the years will likely be more than happy to tell you what product he uses
Remember, when you calculate
your lawn’s dimensions to subtract the area of your home.
If you over apply the fertilizer
you could well end up with a very embarrassing burned
Err on the side of caution when calculating your application.
Dry, hot weather can make your lawn turn brown
and go dormant if you are not following a strict watering routine. If your
lawn has gone dormant make sure not to fertilize it when it is in this
condition. If you haven't done so lately, (see the label) fertilize your
lawn lightly when it begins to recover and turn green, after the rain
returns. This will provide the nutrients it needs for a faster recovery.
Remove dog dishes; chew toys, kid’s toys, leaves etc. from your lawn before you begin your application.
Use a high quality “broadcast” spreader
with an accurate flow control setting (a drop spreader can have a higher
chance of burning your lawn if you’re not experienced with the spreader).
Fill the spreader on the driveway
so as not to accidentally drop excess fertilizer or a clump on the lawn –
(guaranteed to leave a burn mark).
Apply fertilizer to dry grass,
and read the package as to whether you are to water immediately after
applying or let it sit dry for a day or so.
Apply half of the calculated and measured amount
of fertilizer in one direction then apply the remaining fertilizer in the
opposite direction so as to make a cross pattern. This will ensure even
coverage and help prevent burning from too much overlap as well as help to
cover any missed spots.
If you have any fertilizer left over
you should store it in a cool dry place.
Wash and lubricate the spreader
after you are finished using it.
Wash yourself after using fertilizer
(lubrication should not be required).
Note: It is not
recommended to use leftover lawn fertilizer on trees, shrubs, or plants, it
was formulated for your lawn and you will surely need it for your
lawn in the future.