January 10, 2012

How to Fertilize a Lawn

Preparing to fertilize a lawn can be a real chore. Things get confusing really fast, especially if you start researching online. My hope is to give you a very basic rundown of what you need to know before you fertilize your lawn. The most important thing is that you don't think too hard. There are certain fertilizers to use at certain times [see table below] but other than that, fertilizing a lawn is nothing to get stressed about.

Lowe's has a great 3 step process for preparing Lawn for Fertilizing that will have you 1) identify your grass type, 2) do a soil test, and 3) factor in the size of your lawn. If you want to try that method, go right ahead. I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that difficult.

I prefer the Aim and Shoot method.

Lawn Fertilization: The Aim and Shoot Method

Step 1[Aim]:

Pick your fertilizer.

Step 2[Fire]:

Disperse evenly.

Picking the Correct Fertilizer for your Lawn

Timing and Fertilizer Type

April or May June July or August Mid to Late Fall
Scotts Turf Builder With Halts Crabgrass Preventer Scotts Turf Builder with PLUS 2 Weed Control Scotts Super Turf Builder with SummerGuard Scotts Winterizing Fertilizer

Quick Release VS Slow Release

  • Quick Release: Quick release fertilizers are rapidly absorbed by the plant matter and soil which results in the need for more applications. Quick release fertilizer will only last an average of three to four weeks.
  • Slow Release: Slow release fertilizers, on the other hand, will last up to three times longer than Quick release fertilizers which means you don't have to apply Slow release fertilizers as often.

Other than that, fertilizing a lawn is not very difficult. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer bag to avoid any chemical mash-ups. Talk to a specialists at your local Nursery or comment below if you have any further questions!

Video Location: How to Fertilize a Lawn.

[Basic] Video Transcription: "Today we're going to show you how to fertilize a lawn. Poor your fertilizer into your fertilizer dispenser tool and walk slowly up and down your yard, dispensing the fertilizer slowly and evenly."

Don't forget to read the Watering Instructions on the back of the Fertilizer bag!


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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