What is the best grass fertilizer?
How many time do I need to fertilizer?
It can get a bit tricky with so much information out there. At the end of this post I will share what is in my opinion some of the Best Fertilizer for grass out there. You can have the best fertilizer for grass, BUT if you don’t apply it correctly you will cause some serious damage to your lawn!
How many times a year? I have heard some say to apply as many as 6 applications a year, Ugggh! I have to tell you that the majority of homeowners over fertilize their lawn. In most cases three times a year is a sufficient amount to maintain a healthy & beautiful lawn. The number of times you fertilize will also depend on some of your other landscape practices, for example- If you are using a bunch of pesticides and killing every bug under the sun than your lawn isn’t getting any of the benefits of the good bugs and you may need more fertilizer. Another big factor that helps in keeping many of the much needed nutrients in you lawn is the way you cut your lawn. Some people think because they fertilize their lawn 6 times it is going to look better than someone who only does it once or twice a year but that isnt the case at all. If you’re keeping up with regular, frequent mowings, than you can get away with using less fertilizer. A lawn can only take in so much nutrients, and too much can cause problems. It’s like you taking 6 multi vitamins every morning thinking that you will be healthier than someone who takes a regular dose.
Fertilizer schedules are divided into two different times, one for warm- season grasses and another for cold season grasses. Warm season grasses include ones like Bermudagrass and St. Augustine which can be fertilized anywhere from late spring to early fall. The reason being if you feed them too early than you will be promoting growth to cool season weeds, and if you apply too late the grass will be less hardy heading into the cold season, both are situations you probably want to avoid.
The next group of grasses are cool- season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. These grasses will show the best results if fed in the fall or spring. In some areas of the country these grasses will grow all year round , best time time to feed cool-season grasses in these parts of the country is the fall, it will push the growth through the cool weather, storing away what it needs to green up and be healthy in the spring.
You can get a complete soil analysis of your lawns soil usually at a local college extension that will tell you exactly what your dealing with. They will give your recommendations as to what you should do to get your lawn in the best shape. This is a great way to prevent over or under fertilizing. You can find them online and they will tell you in detail how to take a good soil sample.
FREE FERTILIZER ?
Here is a real good reason to save yourself from doing quite a bit of extra work when mowing your lawn. As long as you mow your lawn regularly and cut 1 inch or less of grass of your lawn each cutting than there is absolutely no reason why you should be lugging around a bag full of grass clippings with you when cutting your lawn. You are actually depriving your lawn of some of the best natural and FREE fertilizer you can get, which is a much needed dose of nitrogen. Nitrogen is what makes your lawn green, and a green lawn equals a beautiful lawn. Clippings also benefit your lawn in other ways, like encouraging microorganisms and earthworms. Also a thin layer of clippings worked down into the soil acts as a mulch layer, which will retain moisture and require less watering.
LAWN CARE TIPS
- Try to wait until your lawn is fairly dry to cut it, this will help the clipping to disperse more evenly and not to clump up, matting down and turning areas brown. If you do end up with clumps of clipping than either pick them up, blow them around to spread them out or better yet cut over the clumps a second time chopping them up and spreading them out.
- When you fertilize your lawn it is important to take notice of the spreader settings on the bag. I can’t tell you how many times in my travels I see a lawn with brown stripes from fertilizer burn due to improper spreading.
- Grass is less stressed when less of the grass plant is removed, and more remains still growing up from ground, so frequent regular cutting is best, leading us to our next tip.
- The smaller the clippings the better, resulting in quicker break down. If the clipping are to large they will take longer to break down, building what’s know as the thatch layer. The thatch layer is a layer of dead grass and roots that sit just below the surface which can prevent water and air from penetrating down to the grassroots.
- SOIL ANALYSIS- You can get a complete soil analysis of your lawn’s soil usually at a local college extension that will tell you exactly what you’re dealing with. They will give your recommendations as to what you should do to get your lawn in the best shape. This is a great way to prevent over or under fertilizing. You can find them online and they will tell you in detail how to take a good soil sample. You can also get a very basic do it yourself kit in the store .
BEST LAWN FERTILIZER
Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food – Starter Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer
Scotts Fertilizer with weed preventer will have your lawn green while preventing dandelions and crabgrass from growing in no time. The beauty with this Scotts fertilizer is it can be used with new grass and grass seed as with other weed preventers you can’t. Your lawn will be protected for up to 6 weeks before it will need another weed preventer application.
Scotts Turf Builder Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food
This Scotts product, Turf Builder with Halts’ crabgrass preventer with lawn food is another great product to have in your arsenal. This application will prevent not only crabgrass but most other broadleaf weeds. It can be used to give your lawn that much needed boost after a long winter. One thing about this product is it can’t be used with newly planted seed.
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