As winter begins to turn into spring, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn. More specifically, it’s time to consider how to make your lawn look nice after several months of cold, snowy weather. One of the best ways to ensure that your grass recovers properly is by applying fertilizer. However, before you head outside to toss some down, you need to know these five things.
1) Water your lawn before and after fertilizing it.
It’s best to water your lawn around two days before you plan on applying the fertilizer. As soon as the grass seems to be dry, spread your fertilizer and then water again, only lightly this time. The second watering pushes the fertilizer down to the soil where it can get to the roots of your grass. The soil and roots are where the fertilizer is the most effective.
2) Use a spreading device.
To spread the fertilizer evenly throughout your yard, you need to use a spreading device. There are several different ones to choose from, including rotary and drop spreaders. What are the differences between them? A rotary spreader works best for large patches of grass. As you push it along, the fertilizer releases through a spreading mechanism at the bottom. A drop spreader simply lays the fertilizer down in an orderly fashion. It works well on smaller lawns. There are also electronic spreaders for variously sized lawns.
3) Know how often to apply fertilizer
Many people are tempted to apply fertilizer as soon as the last frost is over. However, as long as your fertilized your lawn properly in the fall, this isn’t necessary. Instead, the best time of year is late spring. Wait until just before the weather turns hot and then apply it. After this, aim for fertilizing in late summer and then late fall.
4) Choose a slow-release, granule-based fertilizer
Liquid fertilizer can be tricky to apply evenly, so it’s best left to the professionals. If you want to fertilize your lawn on your own successfully, choose a slow-release granular variety. The slow-release format means that it will be effective for quite some time, while the granules make it easy to see where the fertilizer is applied.
5) Be careful not to over apply
You never want to apply too much fertilizer, as this can have a detrimental effect on your lawn. Remember that you can always add more if necessary. Removing it, on the other hand, is nearly impossible.
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