Fertilizing grass during its growing season is an essential part of maintaining a strong, healthy lawn. Proper fertilization helps grass fend off weeds and makes it more capable of recovering from the damages of environmental stress. But when exactly should you apply fertilizer? Read on to learn about the best time to fertilize your lawn during each season throughout the year.
- Late spring: once the soil has warmed and your grass is actively growing, mow your lawn three to five times times and then spread fertilizer.
- Summer: based on the type of grass in your yard and the fertilizer you use, apply fertilizer periodically according to the instructions on the bag. Summer is the dormant stage for cool-season grasses, so this type does not require fertilization during this season as it could cause damage. Warm grasses, however, grow rapidly during the summer. Refer to the instructions that come with your fertilizer to determine how frequently you should apply it. In general, it’s advisable to fertilize every two to four weeks if you mix your own fertilizer.
- Autumn: fertilize your lawn before the first frost hits. Grass establishes its root system during winter, so the fertilizer applied in the fall feeds the grass all winter to help it make a strong, healthy return once spring arrives.
- Winter: refrain from watering, fertilizing, or performing any other type of lawn maintenance in the winter. Any of these activities can potentially damage your grass, leading to dead spots or unhealthy growth in spring.
- Remember: keep track of how much and how often you fertilize. Over fertilization can damage your grass or even kill it. By keeping an account of your fertilizing activity, you can create a rough schedule to follow each year.
For additional assistance in fertilizing your grass, contact Free Spray Lawn Care at [phone]. We can help you create a green, healthy lawn.