The groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring must be around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about fertilizing your lawn. The best time to start is when the soil temperature consistently reaches 55 degrees, which typically occurs in the Dallas, TX area in March to early April. A local lawn service company can tell you when the temperature is just right in your area. Once you determine it’s time, follow these basic steps to ensure a successful application:
- Choosing the right fertilizer: Most professionals recommend homeowners use slow release granules as opposed to a liquid as it’s much easier to get an even application. A slow-release fertilizer will also break down over a longer period of time, allowing you to wait longer between applications. Traditional fertilizers require an application about every 4 weeks, but with a slow-release fertilizer, you can wait about 6-8 weeks, depending on your watering. More watering requires more fertilizer, so keep that in mind. In addition to traditional vs. slow release and granules vs. liquid, you will notice that the bags of fertilizer all have numbers on them. These indicate the percent of each nutrient–nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Everyone wants a green lawn, but not many people want to have to mow more often, so it’s important to find the right balance for your lawn. For most lawns, a 20-5-10 combination (20% Nitrogen, 5% Phosphorus, and 10% Potassium) will properly feed the lawn without overdoing it. However, a local Dallas, TX area professional lawn service will be able to tell you for certain what will be the right combination for your lawn.
- Apply evenly: Once you have the right fertilizer, you will want to apply it correctly to avoid damaging the lawn. With granules, it’s best to use a spreader. A hand spreader will do for small lawns, but most people prefer a push spreader. When it’s time to fill the spreader, park it or set it down off the grass–in the driveway or garage–to avoid spilling excess fertilizer on the lawn, which will burn the grass. Make sure the hopper is closed before pouring, or the fertilizer will run straight onto the ground. As you begin to apply, walk at a steady pace for an even application. Start with the perimeter of the lawn, then fill in the middle in straight rows. Lastly, go over it once more perpendicular to your initial rows. If in doubt err on the side of too little rather than too much!
- Continue watering and applying: Most granulated fertilizers require watering after application, but some may require watering before. Make sure to read the instructions on the bag. Continue to water your lawn consistently throughout the growing season (typically through October), and apply fertilizer every 4-8 weeks, depending on how much you water and whether or not you used a slow-release fertilizer.
- Clean up: Make sure to put any unused fertilizer back in the bag, close it tightly, and store it in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. If any fertilizer spilled on sidewalks or the driveway during the application process, make sure to sweep up. Any remaining fertilizer will run into the storm drains at the next watering or rain shower, and will end up polluting natural bodies of water. Responsibly cleaning up excess fertilizer is best for the environment.
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