Jun 13, 2019

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How Often Should a Lawn Be Fertilized?

Making a mistake with fertilizing your grass could be the end of your lawn, and cost you a lot of extra money to fix it. Knowing how often and when the best time to fertilize your lawn is essential for a beautiful home and a functioning budget. Learning the perfect time and frequency for fertilization is easy, too!

Knowing Your Grass

Though commonly believed to be, grass is not one standard growth. Both your climate and grass type will require different fertilizer needs and frequency. Grass comes in a few different variants, but they’re easily categorized into two types.

Cool-season grass

Northern states or regions will have cool-season grasses, which grows green and stays vibrant year round. This kind of grass grows in the winter and stays dormant in the hot summer months. This is when your grass is at the most risk of dying, turning brown and dulling.

Bentgrass, the pretty grass you see on a golf lawn, is a great example of cool-season grasses. Some other more common types include:

  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • Fine fescue
  • Perennial ryegrass
Knowing When To Fertilize

Since a lawn with cool-season grass will grow the most in the early winter months, you’re going to want to fertilize your lawn in the fall, right before this growth period begins. For pickier grass, you’ll want to fertilize twice, at the beginning and end of the season.

After winter, in the late spring, go over your lawn again with your fertilizer to prepare your grass for the hot summer to come. If your lawn did well during the winter, this may not be needed.

Warm-season grass

Lawns with warm-season grass are more common. They grow during the warm months and lay dormant and brown naturally for a few months during cool winters. Some of the grass types include:

  • Bermuda
  • Bahia
  • Buffalo
Knowing When To Fertilize

Since warm-season grass has a reversed growing schedule than cool-season grass, you need to adjust your thinking to fit the new pattern. You don’t want to fertilize your lawn during the hottest months, but instead aim for the beginning and end of that period to help with the growth.

You may want to fertilize the grass a 3rd time in the beginning of screen when some color comes back into your lawn. Typically, three times per growing period is what is considered safe and healthy for your grass.

Know How To Fertilize

Aside from the dangers of over or under fertilizing, you need to be aware of the weather and the condition of your lawn. Significant amount of watering will affect the absorption of the fertilizer into the grass, so plan your fertilizing day around the weather forecast and get out there right after a storm when it will be dry for a few days.

Choosing the best lawn fertilizer service is also important, since the quality of the grass will mirror the quality of fertilizer. Your fertilizer should be packed with nutrients and balanced perfectly for your local temperatures.

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Apr 1, 2019

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How Often Do I Fertilize?

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You should fertilize 3 to 4 times per season for most lawns in Colorado depending on moisture, temperature & type of fertilizer.

Nitrogen (N)  is the most important nutrient for promoting good turf color and growth. Do not over stimulate the turf with excess N, especially during the spring and summer.

Over fertilization can contribute to thatch buildup and increased mowing requirements.

Avoid under fertilization of bluegrass and ryegrass.

Turf that does not respond to nitrogen fertilizer may be lacking in other nutrients, such as phosphorus or iron. Balanced or complete fertilizers contain various amounts of phosphorus, potassium, iron and sulfur. They are a good safeguard against a potential nutrient deficiency. If you leave clippings on the lawn, these nutrients are recycled from the clippings. If you remove clippings, this type of fertilizer is appropriate.

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