The simplest way to fertilize your lawn is to acquire a lawncare service.
Simply call them, and sign up. Then, all you do is pay the bill, and cut
your lawn as needed. If you are reading this article, you are probably planning
to "do it yourself", and with good cause, as there are a number of advantages.
Those advantages include:
It is less expensive to do it yourself. You have the initial investment
of purchasing a spreader. You can then buy individual bags of fertilizer,
or a packaged deal that includes a number of treatments for the year, usually
three or four step treatments.
Tip: Buying the annual package is much cheaper than buying individual
You can control when you apply the fertilizer. Lawn care services
schedule your lawn along with hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of others.
They may not arrive at the ideal time for an application.
You can control how much to apply. Different areas of your lawn may
have somewhat different soil, sunlight and moisture. You can apply more or
less in these areas, depending upon how naturally healthy that section is.
While it is only a little light exercise, any exercise is good for
When to Apply Lawn Fertilizer
There are a variety of different fertilizer applications. With the exceptions
of "Weed and Feed", it is best to apply them just before a rainfall as they
need to be watered in. Fertilizers with weed killers need to sit on the lawn
for a day or two, to allow the weed killer to do it's task. Then, it should
be watered in.
Try to time your applications to the next rainfall. If you can't, bring out
the hoses and sprinklers. Never apply "Weed and Feed" just before rain is
expected, as you are only harming the environment.
There are a variety of different applications and types of thinking about
how often to apply fertilizers. It also depends upon the area and climate
you live in. Length of season plays a role. Some people in some areas will
apply a fertilizer once a year, with others as many as five. The most common
is three or four. Lawn and Garden stores will have packages specific to your
area. If you are uncertain, stop by and ask about the options, and the pros
and cons of each one.
Weed and Feed fertilizers are most effective against weeds, if applied when
the lawn is wet, as more chemical will stick to the weeds. This should be
done 2-3 day before the next rainfall, allowing the weed killer to be absorbed
by the weeds.
How to Apply Lawn Fertilizer
We recommend applying fertilizer, using 1/2 the application setting rate,
and going over your lawn twice in a criss-cross pattern. For a more uniform
application, use this method any time you are applying anything to your lawn.
It helps to eliminate the "Honey, you missed a spot" comments a week or two
Lawn Fertilizers are chemicals and there is a safety factor to be attentive
to. Here are some tips and reminders on safety in using fertilizers:
Keep fertilizer out of reach of children and pets.
Store it in a safe and dry place.
Use gloves in handling fertilizer, and any lawn chemicals. Nitrogen in the
fertilizer can burn. If you have a cut, you will find this out quickly.
Be reasonable in applying fertilizers. They easily leach into streams and
the water table. They can also leach into your garden.
Keep children and pets off the lawn after applying any fertilizers until
you have watered it well, or significant rainfall has occurred.
Be courteous to your neighbor and tell them you have applied the chemicals.
Read instructions carefully
and follow them.
If you do get exposed to the chemicals, wash them off immediately. Then,
call your doctor.