Lawn fertilizing is an act similar to an art form for some people, but it does not have to be that way. There are steps to be followed regarding proper fertilization, but they are few and simple. Following these tips will yield a lush green lawn that is free of weeds and disease.
A little background information on the lawn goes a long way in making sure that the lawn gets what it needs, when it needs it. A simple soil test along with a pH test can help the homeowner to determine what the yard is lacking. This can help the homeowner get the right fertilizer for the yard and apply it properly.
Apply only the amount of fertilizer recommended by the soil test and fertilize regularly for the best and most enduring results. As far as the type of fertilizer goes, use low concentration nitrogen products and use slow-release fertilizers whenever possible. Slow-release fertilizers do just as the name implies- they release the product slowly into the lawn. These products are much less likely to burn a lawn.
For the best results, apply the fertilizer four times a year. This ensures an even growth pattern across the entire lawn and helps to strengthen it before winter. States with longer growing seasons may need an extra application just before winter to help with this.
Be sure that if a spill should occur that it is cleaned up immediately using a dry method such as a broom or vacuum. If stray fertilizer is washed into a stream or drain, it can affect the water supply. This can spell disaster for the entire community.
Lawn fertilizing should be accomplished by using a manual spreader and not just tossed from the bag by hand. This ensures an even coating over the entire yard and will reduce burn marks. Be sure to avoid fertilizing when rain is forecasted and do not water heavily for 24 hours after the initial application.