Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

3 Tips For Fertilizing Your Lawn

by Warren Garcia

Is your lawn not looking so great after the cold winter took a toll on it? If so, you are probably considering fertilizer to bring some life back to your lawn. Instead of just jumping right into this home maintenance task, learn some tips that will help everything go smoothly.

Water Before and After Fertilizing

You will need to treat the grass over a three-day period to get the best results possible. It starts with watering the grass the day before you plan to put down the fertilizer. This will help give the grass all the water it needs for the upcoming days. The fertilizer is applied on the second day, and you will water the grass again on the third day.

The reason for watering and fertilizing in this order is so that the grass will absorb a lot of water prior to placing the fertilizer. The grass will then have an opportunity to dry, which will prevent fertilizer from sticking to the grass and causing damage in the process. Watering on the third day will wash away any fertilizer that is stuck to the grass blades, which could cause the grass to become burned.

You should also plan to put down the fertilizer during a few days where there is no rain in the forecast so that you can control the water.

Know the Advantages of Granular and Liquid Fertilizers

There will be two options for fertilizers at your local home improvement store: granular and liquid. The granular fertilizer will give you more control over how much is applied and will prevent any over-spills from occurring. In addition, the granular fertilizer will stay in the lawn even after it gets wet. These two things are the biggest advantage over using a liquid. However, liquid fertilizer will be much easier to apply, which can make it more appealing for much larger yards.

Fill Your Spreader Over Concrete

Accidents do occur when working with fertilizer, so make sure that you refill your granular or liquid spreader over a concrete surface. Spilling the fertilizer over the grass could cause a spot to become burned due to too much fertilizer.

Fertilizing your lawn can be a very labor-intensive job, and you may not have the time to do it during the week when the weather is best. Contact a local lawn fertilization company like Cutter Up that can help get the job done.