The grass in your lawn needs nutrients to thrive, but every year the soil can become depleted from constant growth throughout the seasons. Fertilizer enhances the soil, helping your grass grow thicker, greener and helping it survive during the height of drought or heat periods of summer. However, there are better times than others to feed your lawn. Knowing when to add fertilize can help you get the best results from your efforts.
In most regions, fertilizer is not needed in the winter. The best time to start fertilizing is in the spring when the soil reaches about 55 degrees. The grass should be growing and early bloomers like lilacs may begin to show their blossoms. April and May are usually the best months to feed your lawn, giving it the first boost to help it flourish.
For most lawns, fertilizer can be added every 4-8 weeks from spring to fall. Time released granules can last 6-8 weeks between applications. Keep in mind that if you have sprinklers, you will likely need to fertilize more often. Watering flushes away fertilizer quicker, so plan on more applications in the months when the most watering is needed. When fertilizing, it is always better to use less than more; too much can burn and do more harm than good.
As far as the type of fertilizer, it depends on the type of grass you have and the composition of your soil. The most accurate way to add fertilizer is to have your local landscaper test your soil and recommend the right combination of fertilizer to give you the best results. If you have a landscaper that does your lawn maintenance, they can take care of your fertilizing for you and ensure that your grass stays green and healthy through the growing season.
Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004