Happy 4th of July! Besides having an extra day off, watching fireworks, and BBQ in the back yard, it is also time to fertilize your lawn. You probably have noticed that the deep green from your Spring fertilization is wearing off, and your grass is getting more yellow and patchy. I thought I would take the opportunity to remind you to fertilize again to keep your grass healthy through the rest of the summer, and give you some tips of the best times to fertilize from this post:
The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses. While feeding your lawn once a year will improve its condition, feeding it four times a year will make it even healthier. If you put your lawn on the regular feeding schedule outlined below, it will look lush and green, and your neighbors will turn green with envy.
Summer is tough on grass. Heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects stress it out. Feeding your lawn in the summer protects and strengthens it against these problems. Lawns in warm-season grass areas should be fed over the summer months as they grow steadily from spring to fall.
To learn more about what fertilizer is and does, I thought this video is really helpful. Check it out:
Now that you got the schedule, what is the best way to fertilize? Check out this post on the different ways to apply food for your grass:
There are several ways to apply lawn fertilizer. Using a spreader provides more even coverage than fertilizing by hand. Hand fertilizing often results in burns where the fertilizer is concentrated and pale areas that don’t get as much fertilizer as they should.
Broadcast or rotary spreaders are easy to use and don’t cause striping like drop spreaders. The advantage to drop spreaders is that there is no chance of overthrow getting fertilizer on streets, sidewalks or driveways. With a drop spreader, you have to make two trips over the lawn at right angles. For example, if you make your first trip over the lawn in a north-south direction, the second trip should run east to west.
Fertilizing is part of our lawn care maintenance service. To save time on your yard, and ensure its health and growth, be sure to give us a call. And remember to mention our video when you call, to take advantage of our special landscape maintenance packages.