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.