Becoming a new homeowner is an exciting adventure. Since you are new to homeownership, you might also be new to caring for the lawn. If you want it to look as good as it did when you first viewed the property, you'll need to apply fertilizer during the early spring. But there is more to fertilizing your lawn than just putting down the fertilizer. If you want your lawn to thrive, these tips should help.
Tip 1: Choose the Type of Fertilizer Wisely
Choosing the right type of fertilizer is where things can get confusing. For the most part it depends on how many weeds are in your lawn and how quickly you want to see results. Here are some examples of the types of fertilizers available.
- Fast-release fertilizers: These products work quickly to bring a lawn up to the desired look. However, you may need to apply it more often during the spring because the feed works its way into the ground quickly.
- Slow-release fertilizers: If you only want to apply the fertilizer one time, then a slow-release product is the way to go. This type of fertilizer works its way into the ground slowly and evenly, so that you'll have longer lasting results, even if those results take a while to manifest.
- Weed and feed: Take a look around the lawn to see if there are weeds growing up through the blades of grass. If so, ask a professional landscaper, like Outdoor Solutions Landscaping, what the weed is and make sure you purchase a weed and feed product that eliminates that type of weed. Also, don't apply under trees or bushes as this type of fertilizer may harm them.
Tip 2: Use a Spreader
While you might be tempted to apply fertilizer with your hands, you'll achieve better results with a spreader. These contraptions have wheels and you can set the amount to apply to ensure that every area of the lawn gets the same amount of fertilizer.
Other types of application tools are available, but a wheeled spreader works best to prevent some areas from not getting enough fertilizer, and other areas of the lawn from becoming burned because they received too much.
When you fill the spreader with the fertilizer, do so in the garage or the driveway. You can clean up any spills easier in these areas than on the ground, and you won't risk losing too much fertilizer if it spills into the lawn.
Tip 3: Fertilize a Few Days After a Rain or Watering
Make sure your lawn is not thirsty before applying any type of fertilizer. If it hasn't rained in a couple of weeks, water the lawn a few days before you apply the product. On the day that you do make the application, feel the tips of the grass blades to ensure that they are not wet. Applying fertilizer to wet grass can result in burned areas.
It shouldn't take longer than a couple hours to apply fertilizer to your lawn, and you and your family can enjoy the lush green grass all summer long. Ask your landscaper what types and brands of fertilizer they recommend for your specific lawn and then have fun on your adventure of caring for your lawn for the very first time.