A Quick Guide to Fertilizing Your Lawn

Luxury house with beautiful lawnEveryone wants a lush, green, and healthy lawn, but only a few know how to actually make it happen. Lawn fertilization is a great way to have that beautiful lawn you’ve always wanted for your Salt Lake City home, but it’s not as simple as that. Greenside Landscaping reminds that different types of grass demand different levels of care. The more you fertilize, the more your lawn will look great. This also means that the level of maintenance your lawn needs will increase.

Here are some tips to get you that lawn you’ve always wanted:

Read the Numbers on the Label Carefully

The three numbers on the label represent the nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium content. These are also the nutrients your lawn needs the most. If the fertilizer says 20-5-10 on the label, it means 20% nitrogen, 5% phosphate, and 10% potassium, which is a good basic mix for spring. The other 65% of the bag contains filler material used to make sure that application is even.

Slow-Release Fertilizers

Slow-release fertilizers allow you to fertilize every six to eight weeks instead of only four weeks because their nutrients break down longer than regular fertilizers. A slow-release is better if it has the right amount of nitrogen in its ingredients, which is one-tenth of a pound per week. Excessive amounts of nitrogen will not make the grass any greener, it will make it grow faster. This means you will have to spend more time mowing your lawn.

When is the Best time to Fertilize Your Lawn?

  • Warm-season grasses – They are best fertilized from late spring to early fall. Fertilizing too early in spring will achieve nothing but feed and encourage the growth of cool-season weeds. On the other hand, fertilizing too late in fall will make the grass less healthy and will become susceptible to winter injury.
  • Cool-season grasses – The best time to feed these grasses is during fall and spring. Feeding them while it’s still fall, however, can keep them growing longer into cool weather and allowing them to become greener during spring. You also don’t need to fertilize again until spring. Avoid feeding cool-season grasses too early in spring because you will end up with overly abundant top growth but weak root growth.

The secret to a healthy lawn is using the right kind of soil, fertilizing at the right time, and giving it the right amount of water and fertilizer. Everything in moderation because anything too much or too little is a bad thing. Always check the label of the fertilizer you will use for instructions and follow them religiously.