Guide To Fertilizing Your Lawn

fertilizingFertilizing the lawn should be part of your maintenance 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 Fertilizing Tips

Spring is the best time to fertilize the lawn because the soil temperature, 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 blossoming, and you’ll notice the grass 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 three numbers on the label, which represent the percentage of potassium, phosphate, and nitrogen, which are the main nutrients required to feed lawns.

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

fertilizingSlow-release fertilizers containing nitrogen are highly suggested but ensure 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 mow your lawn more often than required.

During the growing season, giving your lawn between two and three pounds of nitrogen is ideal. 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, which means they know how to consider different factors like wind and what should be done so that the yard will get 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 in 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 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