Lawn Fertilizer Application
Nothing contributes more heartily to a healthy lawn than proper nourishment. We'll personalize the fertilizer choice for your particular soil with a soil pH test, and feed your lawn what it needs to keep it green and weed free. But not only is fertilization vital for your grass. It comes in handy in keeping your flowers healthy and beautiful as well. Additionally, we'll take in other factors that may be harming your lawn's health and address them.
Fertilizing your lawn can be pretty complex and easy to mess up. If you don't apply the right amount of fertilizer, you can waste your time and effort with too little, or burn your grass with too much. There are many resources online that can point you in the right direction, but if you're at all in doubt, talk to a professional at the store where you buy fertilizer, and they can tell you more about what kind of fertilizer you need and how much to apply.
Without knowing your lawn's exact characteristics, it's hard to tell you exactly what to do. Though we can tell you some important factors to find out.
First you'll want to know when to fertilize. It really depends on how much you care about diligently fertilizing and keeping your lawn growing. If you're enthusiastic about keeping your lawn looking its best, you should first know your type of grass. Since we're in Maryland, the most common types of grasses tend to be cold-season grasses. This means you should probably apply one to two times in spring, and two to three times in fall. But if you're not up for the extra mowing, once in spring and once in fall should be ok.
You'll also want to know how much fertilizer to apply, or in other words, how much nitrogen your grass needs. For tall fescue, 2-6 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 feet should work. Fine fescue needs 2 to 3 pounds per 1000 feet. Ryegrass should have 2 to 4 pounds per 1000 feet, and Kentucky Bluegrass should have 4 to 6. These amounts are for the whole year, so you should split them up between however many applications you plan on. So if that's twice, cut these numbers in half for the spring application, and then adjust for the fall application and end up somewhere in that range.
Finally, it's a good idea to have a spreader that you know how to use. You can also apply it by hand, just try your best to spread the fertilizer evenly around your lawn. If you don't have a spreader, you can also rent one. Make sure you get thorough directions on how to use the spreader for maximum effectiveness.
That's a basic crash course in self applying fertilizer to your lawn. If this seems overwhelming, feel free to call us up and we'll handle it for you.
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