Guide To Fertilizing Your Lawn

lawn careFertilization should be part of your lawn care routine if you want to keep a healthy and green lawn. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not bother with this because they have no idea what products they need to use or when and how to apply them. And further complicating the matter is that when the lawn fertilizer is incorrectly applied, it could actually be more harmful to the lawn.

Expert Lawn Care and Fertilization Tips

Spring is the best time to fertilize the lawn because the temperature of the soil, not the air temperature, gets to as high as 55º Fahrenheit. You’ll know that the soil has reached that temperature because the lilacs will start to blossom and you’ll notice the grass starts growing.

You can also purchase a soil thermometer and determine the temperature of the soil at any time. In many parts of the country, the first application of these fertilizers must happen around mid-April.

When looking for fertilizers, you’ll see that there are three numbers on the label, which represent the percentage of potassium, phosphate, and nitrogen, which are the main nutrients that are required to feed lawns.

Slow acting lawn fertilizers will break down nutrients over time, so you could wait longer between applications. This products will allow you to fertilize your lawn between 6 to 8 weeks, based on your watering routine, rather than every four weeks, which will save you money and time.

Slow release fertilizers containing nitrogen are highly suggested but make sure that it’s not too much. You should only use one tenth of a pound of nitrogen per week. This will keep your lawn green. If you use more than the recommended amount, you will end up mowing your lawn more often than required.

During the growing season, it is ideal to give your lawn between two and three pounds of nitrogen. So within the span of four weeks, it will be a quarter pound of nitrogen every week, which is far too much.

Professional landscapers have tanker trucks that spray fertilizers over your entire lawn, which means the task is done in just a few minutes. They do this every day and that means they know how to take into account different factors like wind and what should be done so that the yard will get an even coverage. On the other hand, homeowners tend to use granules, which can easily be applied using a spreader.

The second feeding must take place about four weeks following the first application. Once done, you should continue to fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks and then straight through October. When it is time for the third feeding, you should use an organic material like manure rather than a conventional lawn fertilizer.

Fall feeding is an important part of your overall lawn care Myrtle Beach routine too. Grass will continue to grow throughout this period. The roots will go down into the soil and will require fertilizer. This is considered as the most critical fertilizer application for the entire year.

Call Conner’s Lawn Care Service if you need the help of experts in maintaining your lawn.

Conner’s Lawn Care Service
Myrtle Beach, SC

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