The perfect lawn needs not only year-around care and attention – it also needs its owner to develop a lawn care strategy, a detailed schedule that determines exactly how watering, mowing and fertilization will be done. While watering and mowing are activities performed more frequently and lawn owners can tell exactly when their grass needs water or is too long by simply looking at the lawn, determining when to apply fertilizers is more complicated, so here are a few tips for you to make developing that strategy easier and more efficient:
- Get your soil tested – the nutrient content and the pH level of the soil is determined by many factors and it changes all the time. To determine the best fertilizer and the fertilization intervals for your lawn, it is essential to know exactly what your soil is composed of and what type of supplements it needs, so start developing your plan by getting a sample of your soil tested in a lab – most grass varieties need a neutral pH, around 6.5;
- Start lawn care when it is warm enough outside as you will have to deal with how to bring back dead grass from dog urine from the winter months;
- Start the fertilization process with a product that contains nitrogen, potassium salts and phosphorous as well as a pre-emergent herbicide, then continue later with a combination of nutrients and weed preventer;
- Schedule two fertilization sessions, one in spring and one in fall.