Fertilization is among the most important lawn care tasks and also one that very few lawn owners do correctly – some neglect it completely, others overdo it. The process is linked to the growth phases of your grass as well as to its nutrient needs, so here are a few tips to do it right:
- Pick the correct time – the best time to start fertilization is in spring, when the temperature of the soil reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit (that is when the lilacs begin to blossom and when you see the first new leaves of grass appear, in most regions around the middle of April). The process should be repeated at regular intervals all the way through October;
- Use a slow-release, preferable organic fertilizer – the best choice is either compost or a product that contains 20% nitrogen, 5% phosphate and 10% potassium. Choosing a slow-release product will allow you to extend the intervals between two fertilization sessions to about 8 weeks;
- Make the last meals richer – your grass keep growing in fall, too, so make sure to feed it fertilizer that is richer in potassium and phosphorous to strengthen the roots before the winter and to make it easier for the grass to revive in spring.