Spring brings longer days and milder temperatures. This is the weather your lawn craves after a long, cold winter. If you’re confused about when to start feeding, you may use the temperature as a guide. The temperature on the ground should ideally be approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on where you live, the optimum time to fertilize your grass is between March and April. It’s also a good idea to water your lawn a few days before applying fertilizer, whether by rain or a sprinkler.
Fertilizer delivers additional nutrients to your lawn, preventing crabgrass and allowing it to grow green and lush. Begin by placing the feed around the edge of your grass to ensure proper application. Then, in the center, begin filling. Going back and forth in straight lines is similar to mowing your lawn. To finish the work, you should always use a lawn spreader rather than your hands.
Now that you know that the optimum time to fertilize your lawn is in the spring, here are some more useful hints to keep your grass growing.
How often you should apply fertilizer to your lawn
Though fertilizer offers advantages, it should not be used excessively. A complete feeding should be done at least 5-6 times each year. You want to feed your grass while it is growing the fastest. However, the frequency should be determined by your environment and the sort of grass you have. Cool season grasses, for example, may be fertilized in late April if required.
Warm season grasses such as Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, zoysia grass, centipede grass, and buffalo grass should be treated in the spring. Depending on how much water your lawn receives, strive to reapply fertilizer every 6-8 weeks. Keep a close check on your lawn. You may usually omit the feeding if it seems thick and green. Give your grass some TLC if it’s becoming brown or black.
How soon you can fertilize after seeding your lawn
Fertilizer should not always be used after sowing; the optimal time to fertilize is shortly before or during seeding. Use a beginning fertilizer with quick-release nitrogen to provide nutritional support to the seedlings. When you use fertilizer in the sowing process, your grass will grow faster and be more likely to be healthy and lush.
Best fertilizers to use
Slow release fertilizers are the best to use. Slow release fertilizers allow the grass to green up without growing too rapidly. In the spring, 20-5-10 (nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium) mixes are appropriate. You may also do a soil pH test before beginning the operation. The combination may then be based on the findings. For example, if your pH tests show that you have a high potassium level, you might opt for a combination that has a lower potassium level.