Learn how to fertilize your lawn with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
If you want your lawn to be lush and green all summer long, then you’ll want to create a healthy lawn maintenance schedule. It’s easy to do and you’ll be surprised how a simple fertilizing program can keep your lawn looking green all season long. Fertilize your lawn with these simple instructions from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
How to Fertilize Your Lawn:
1. Choose a spreader. There are two types of spreaders – rotary (broadcast) or drop. A rotary (broadcast) spreader creates a wider path for distributing the fertilizer and is excellent for larger lawns. A drop spreader is more accurate when distributing fertilizer and is more appropriate for smaller lawns or if you must maneuver around flower beds. It is important that you choose a spreader that best suits your needs.
2. Determine a healthy lawn maintenance schedule. Below we have an example of a lawn maintenance schedule that you can follow.
Early spring is when your lawn needs to become strong and disease resistant throughout the upcoming season. This is the time that you want to apply a pre-emergence product, such as Estate Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer. This type of fertilizer must be applied as the weed is beginning to grow and not after it has sprouted. This fertilizer should be applied before the temperature has reached 65 degrees for three or four days. Be sure to check the back of your fertilizer’s bag for proper spreading settings.
Late spring is the best time to apply a high analysis fertilizer that also offers excellent weed control and slow-releasing nitrogen, such as Estate Weed ‘N’ Feed 25-0-8. This type of fertilizer should be applied after weeds begin to appear. For best results, apply when the grass is damp such as early in the morning when the grass is still wet with dew, or water the grass lightly before application. Do not mow your grass for at least 48 hours after applying. Also, do not apply this fertilizer if it looks like rain as the weed control will wash off.
Summer is the time of year that you will need to apply a fertilizer with a slow releasing nitrogen, every six to eight weeks throughout the growing season. Good benchmarks for when to fertilize in the summer are Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Be sure to apply this type of fertilizer when temperatures are below 90 degrees. Estate 27-0-9 Fertilizer will keep your lawn looking great all summer long.
Fall is when you will actually apply two fertilizing products. First, you’ll want to apply an herbicide application to control most perennial weeds, such as Estate 24-0-16 Fall Weed ‘n’ Feed. These autumn herbicide applications are effective because the herbicides weaken the plant just before the onset of winter. Even if the herbicide doesn’t kill the weeds outright, the weakened weeds are less likely to survive the winter. Second, you’ll want to apply a winterizer which has a root-building formula which will withstand winter dormancy, such as Estate 24-0-16 Late Fall Winterizer.
This combination of products used in early fall will nurture strong root systems for next spring and will keep your lawn rich and green all the way until winter.
3. Test and fill your spreader. Test your spreader opening and closing mechanism to ensure it works properly. Once you’ve done this, be sure to leave it in the closed position until you are ready to fertilize. Fill your spreader with the appropriate fertilizer, based on the time of the year. Be sure that you do this on a hard, stable surface and away from your lawn.
4. Apply the fertilizer. Select an area on your lawn to start fertilizing. Adjust the spreader settings to the specifications listed on the back of the fertilizer bag. Adjust the spreader mechanism to open and begin walking at a normal speed. Do not overlap, skip or miss areas and be sure to shut off the spreader when turning or stopping.
5. Clean the spreader. When you have finished applying the fertilizer to your entire lawn, be sure to thoroughly clean your spreader. To do this, simply hose off your spreader both inside and outside. Be sure that you do not rinse off your spreader while on the grass.
6. Water your lawn if necessary. As always, be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions for your spreader and fertilizer.
A properly fertilized lawn is a healthy lawn. For more tips on keeping your lawn healthy and green, visit our Lawn Care blog.