Feed Your Lawn Right

Published on: July 25, 2015

A healthy lawn is not only lush and green; but it is also the best defense in fighting off pests, weeds and diseases. A healthy lawn is also more able to withstand foot traffic and damage from pets.  Two things are necessary to achieve that lush look – water and proper fertilization.


Feeding your lawn right should begin early in the spring, just as the grass begins to green up, which generally happens in mid to late April.  When choosing a fertilizer, look for one that contains the three essential ingredients of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.  On the label these ingredients will be shown as N (nitrogen) P (phosphorous) and K (potassium). Nitrogen gives lawns their green color, phosphorous helps with root growth, and potassium strengthens the lawn.

After the first feeding, wait until mid-summer to feed again.  The final feeding of the year should be applied about six weeks before the lawn hibernates for the winter months.

To feed your lawn right you need a mechanical type spreader so that the food is evenly dispersed throughout the lawn.  When walking through the lawn with the spreader, slightly overlap the lane as you make your passes.  Only apply fertilizer when the lawn is dry.  If the grass is wet, fertilizer may cause the leaves of the grass to burn or the grass to turn brown.

Once the food has been applied, give the lawn a thorough watering so the fertilizer soaks down and reaches the roots of the plants.

If done incorrectly, fertilization can actual harm your lawn. For expert handling, call your local landscape company to professionally fertilize and care for your lawn.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA

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