Fertilizing Your Lawn

Feeding new or established lawns

One of the most important factors in how lush and green your lawn will be is how well it is fed. Fertilizing makes sure that your lawn has all the nutrients it needs to withstand high temperatures, drought, foot traffic and other stress.

Fertilizing New Lawns

When sowing lawn seed, an important step is applying a lawn-starter fertilizer. This type of fertilizer is high in phosphorus and helps root systems establish more quickly. It does not increase germination rates but it does help young plants fill in faster.

Fertilizing Established Lawns

Established lawns should be fertilized regularly throughout the season. Because lawns are mowed frequently, the grass needs more nutrients as compared to other plants. Depending on the quality of lawn you’re working towards, a minimum of two applications of fertilizer are needed annually. Three or four applications of fertilizer will give you much better results. Keep in mind that all fertilizers are not created equal. Like grass seed, you get what you pay for. For established lawns, look for a high quality, time-released, nitrogen-based fertilizer. You cannot tell by looking at an analysis (i.e. 30-10-10) on the front of a bag whether the fertilizer is a quality, time-released product or a cheap, quick-release product, so read carefully.

Choose a high-quality lawn fertilizer. Cheap fertilizers cause grass to grow for a couple of weeks, then fizzle. Quality fertilizers, like those found at your local Earl May, feed your lawn slowly over a much longer time.

Earl May Midwest Select Lawn Food contains a premium 28-0-4 timed-release fertilizer with added iron and sulfur for extra deep greening power.

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Fertilizing Schedule

Generally speaking, fertilizing should be done when your lawn is actively growing. A regular fertilizing schedule is required if you want a great-looking lawn, year after year.

Apply Earl May’s Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food. In addition to crabgrass, it prevents spurge, foxtail and other annual grassy weeds from germinating.
Earl May’s Superfine Weed and Feed is a superior weed control killing over 250 weeds including; chickweed, dandelion, clover, spurge, oxalis, plantain, and ground ivy.  It is also a timed-release fertilizer with extra Iron and Sulfur for the extra deep greening power without the excessive top growth.
Earl May’s Summer Lawn Food will help keep your lawn green and healthy without any risk of burning.
Apply our Lawn Food during this time frame for quick greening. Watering in is recommended for better uptake.
Our Fall Lawn Food contains time-released nitrogen and extra nutrients your lawn needs to thrive. Apply at the onset of cooler temperatures and fall rains.

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