You may start to see signs that you need to pay more attention to your lawn. The grass and flowers may not be the perkiest, greenest you’ve seen, and you know that something has to be done. There are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your method for making sure all plants are getting what they need to be nourished. Here are a few tips that can assist with this:
1. Timing is everything. If you live in an area that suffers from cold, harsh winters, it is important to fertilize your lawn in the fall before this happens. This way your lawn can store enough nutrients to last through the winter months.
2. If you like to use compost fertilizer, a great tip is to use compost tea. Some people believe that the secret to a beautiful garden is strictly by using compost, and if you decide to go this route with tea, there is no specific time of year that works better than others.
3. Try to avoid fertilizing during extreme heat. Applying fertilizer to your lawn when it is too hot outside can cause more damage than assistance. The same thing applies to extremely stormy weather because the majority of the substance you would be adding could just be washed away by rain. The best time to add fertilizer according to the weather is when it is cool, not cold, and a light rain always helps.
4. For large lawn areas or spread out gardens, a rotary spreader may be the way to go. You can fill it with any liquid fertilizer, and the machinery does the majority of the work by evenly distributing the goods to your lawn. This can be helpful in other ways, too, if you don’t know how much to add or when to do it, the spreader will take care of that.
5. Another helpful tool for fertilizing your lawn is a hand held spreader. Simply add the product to the sifter-like device and walk evenly up and down the area while shaking it. The advantage to doing it this way is being able to control how much fertilizer goes in each space, so if there is an area that needs more attention you would be able to apply it manually.
6. If your lawn is not in the best shape allow a few days of good watering before giving it any fertilizer. After it’s been applied, make sure to water it again, but a little bit lighter this time. This second watering is vital to the care of your lawn because the dampness helps the fertilizer get into the roots of the plants and grass. This is again somewhat weather sensitive because giving the lawn fertilizer during an extreme heat may be a moot point. If your grass is looking very yellow during the summer months, water it plentifully and remember to return to it during the fall.
7. As strange as it may sound, cutting down your grass and leaving the trimmings on the lawn is one of the best ways to start fertilizing your lawn. This is because it contains a lot of nitrogen. Nitrogen helps plants to replenish, and leaving trimmings on the lawn can even help you save on fertilizer. Using a fine blade can help everything decompose at a quicker rate, but any lawnmower or grass cutter should do the trick.
Written by Clark Jones, owner of Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance. Tree Frog is the best company for landscaping and lawn care Columbia MO has to offer.