Fertilizer Application Tips That Maximize Benefits

Achieving a healthy lawn is a multi-step process. One part of this process is fertilization application. Fertilizer is a chemical solution designed to provide the soil with added nutrients to help it grow and remain healthy. While an effective product, not every user will yield the same benefits. A precise application technique is necessary to benefit from this product the most. Educate yourself on proper application to get the most benefit. 

Ensure Its Needed

The rule about too much of a good thing also applies to fertilizer. Before moving forward with an application, ensure the product is needed. Applying too much fertilizer to the lawn or fertilizing it too often can damage the roots of the grass instead of making them healthy. Please review the application schedule for the fertilizer product you plan to use to determine how often you need to apply it to the soil and do not exceed this frequency. 

Use a Spreader

Fertilizer is typically available in a granular form. So, it seems like a reasonably easy approach would be to put the granules in your hand and toss them around the yard. However, this application technique is rarely helpful. It is best to use a spreader. A spreader ensures a more even application across the lawn. Similar to fertilizing too often, too much saturation of this solution in a single area can also be damaging. The use of a spreader also shortens the amount of time it takes to cover the entire lawn. 

Water Appropriately

The moisture level of the grass blades at the time of the fertilizer application will play a role in the product's effectiveness. First, the grass needs to be dry at the time of application. Second, you should lightly water the grass once the fertilizer is applied. The light watering moves the fertilizer off the grass blades and softens the soil so the fertilizer can seep in and reach the roots. Keep in mind that heavy watering will cause the fertilizer to run off.

Time Accurately

Regarding timing, the type of grass you are fertilizing determines when you need to go about the process. Grasses generally fall into one of two categories — cool season or warm season grass. Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, should be fertilized in the cooler (but not cold) times of the year, such as early fall. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda should be fertilized in late spring to maximize their benefits. 

Ensure you follow the appropriate techniques to get the most out of your fertilizer application. For more info, contact a lawn care fertilization service.