Fertilizing Your Lawn: How & When

Are you intimidated by your yard? Do you want your yard to look beautiful, but you are stuck with dingy-looking grass? If you answered yes to these questions, we have a solution for you. Lawn care may seem overwhelming at, but with a little practice you can have the best-looking yard on the block.

The most important thing that you can do for your yard is to properly fertilize your grass. So many people think that they can just toss some store-bought lawn fertilizer out, and they will miraculously have better looking grass. Far too often, they waste money and still have an awful-looking yard. We want to help you to learn how to properly fertilize your yard. Once you get the proper equipment and fertilizer, you will have no trouble keeping your grass green and lush year after year.

Why you Should Fertilize your Yard

You may be wondering why you should fertilize your yard. You may not have the time to fertilize, or you may not really see the importance of a lush yard. The fact is a healthy, lush green yard increases your curb appeal.

For example, let’s say that you decide to sell your home. You put it on the market, but your grass is lackluster. There are brown spots, and it is not growing well. While it might seem minor to you, this can be a major turn-off to some buyers. By fertilizing your grass, you are making your property look much better than it did before.

Another benefit of having fertilized grass is that it helps the local flora and fauna. Having a green yard encourages helpful pollinators like honeybees and more to visit your property.

Optimal Time to Apply Fertilizer

You could go crazy reading all the suggestions out there about when the best time to apply fertilizer may be. Some say to fertilize in the winter while others say the fall. Still, others say all throughout the year. So, which should you do?

That will depend on several different factors including the type of grass you have, your location, and the overall health of your grass. A good rule of thumb is to always make sure that you fertilize your yard in the spring and in late fall. If you want to keep your yard extremely lush and green, you could fertilize every six to eight weeks during the warmer months.

What to Apply

There are many options when it comes to fertilizer for your yard. There are several things that you will need to consider when purchasing.

Chemical vs Organic One of the best things that you can do for your yard is to purchase an organic fertilizer like Scott’s Natural Lawn Food. Traditional non-organic fertilizers are full of harmful chemicals. These chemicals can cause problems for your grass including burned spots. Chemical fertilizers can also get into the ground water when it rains and expose pets and humans to carcinogens and other unwanted health risks. Look for a fertilizer that is 100-percent organic. These fertilizers will be clearly marked organic. In order to be certain, look at the ingredients and read some of the reviews out there for the best organic fertilizers on the market.
Quantity How much you should use will depend on the size of your yard. Before you go to purchase your organic fertilizer, make sure that you have measured your yard. Take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions, and it will tell you how much you need for the size of your property in square feet.
Cost The cost of fertilizer will depend on the brand that you use as well as where you purchase it. Consider taking a look at several different organic brands at your local hardware stores and online. This will help you to determine what kind of budget you will need. Most are very affordable including the organic kind. Keep in mind that during the early spring, many stores put these products on sale.

Items Needed to Fertilize Your Lawn

There are several items that you will need to assist you in fertilizing including:

Lawn mower While you will not want to mow for a few days before you fertilize, you will definitely want to make sure that your grass is not knee-high. When you mow your grass, leave your grass clippings and use a rake to spread them around. The grass clippings add nutrients back into your soil after they start to decay. This will increase the health of your lawn.
Aerator It is a good idea to aerate your soil before you fertilize. This will allow for healthier grass that will better respond to the fertilizer.
Spreader One of the best tips you will ever get in fertilizing your yard is to never do it by hand. Sure, it is easy just go grab handfuls of fertilizer and throw it out, but this will not do your yard any favors. You may miss spots or over-fertilize your yard. Always make sure that you are using a spreader. When using the spreader, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that your lawn is well-fertilized.

How to Begin Fertilizing Your Lawn

Once you have your product and equipment, you will want to get started on the ground prep. Remember to do all the necessary steps so that you have a successfully fertilized lawn.

Mowing Make sure that you mow your lawn within a few days of fertilizing. You will want to be sure that your grass is not too long or too short.
Raking Raking your lawn will help to remove any debris that may be built up. For example, if you have a lot of leaves in your yard, you will want to make sure that these have been raked away to ensure that your yard is covered in fertilizer.
Aerating Aerating should be done before you start spreading fertilizer to allow the grass to be healthier.
Fertilizer Spreader After you have completed all the above steps, you are ready for spreading. Remember that you must use a spreader during this process for optimal coverage.
Watering You will want to make sure that you water your lawn after spreading. If you know that it is going to rain in your area, consider spreading right before the rain comes. Otherwise, take your water hose to water your lawn. Do not worry about overwatering. Letting the ground get very saturated after spreading helps you to have the best results possible.

My Grass Still Looks Bad

In some cases, you may fertilize only to discover that the yard does not look any better. You may have brown spots, thinning spots, or completely bare spots. Using fertilizer will only help your property if your grass is healthy. If you have had your yard dug up a lot by construction, animals, or for another reason, it may be time to reseed your yard. Reseeding your yard can help to fill out any brown spots or missing grass spots. So, what are the steps to seeding your yard?

Step One

You will first want to find the best grass seed for your area. If you already have a specific kind of grass such as Kentucky bluegrass, you will want to match that grass. It should not be too hard to find at your local hardware store, but you can also consider looking online. Take into consideration how large your yard is to determine how much seed you should purchase.
Step Two

The best time to seed your yard is early spring and early fall. In many cases, you can add touch up seed year-round. Make sure that you read the instructions on your seeding information to make sure that you are putting it out properly.

Step Three

You will want to take the same basic steps to seeding your yard as you do when fertilizing your yard. Take the time to mow your grass then work on spreading the seed. If the area is large enough, you can use your spreader. If there are just a couple of spots that need to be filled in, put the seed out by hand.

Step Four

Once you place the seed out, you will want to water it well. Be careful to not oversaturate during this process as you can wash your seed away. In most cases, you can spread your seed and let it do all the work. However, if you live in an area that is prone to birds, or high winds, you may want to consider placing some straw or hay on top of the seed. This is especially helpful if you need to seed a large area. Wait for the grass to come up and rake the straw away.

Step 5

After the grass has grown up, you can begin the fertilization process. You will want to be gentle with this grass when aerating and raking your yard. Remember to follow the tips above to ensure that you are properly fertilizing the new grass.

If you follow all the tips above, we feel that you will have no trouble having the best-looking yard in your neighborhood. Never let fertilizing your yard intimidate you. You can do it without much trouble. Just make sure that you use organic fertilizer and take the time to do it correctly.