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When should I fertilize my lawn?

WP Law - Thursday, March 19, 2015

Establishing a solid fertilizing schedule is important for the health of your lawn.

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Believe it or not, the heat of the summer is just a few short weeks away. Before you know it, your grass plants will be battling the intense sun and humidity that are hallmarks of summers in the southeastern U.S. That means they'll be stressed – really stressed – and unless you take action now, your lawn could be a sea of brown by the time mid-July rolls around.

The best way to prepare your lawn to withstand the rigors of summer weather is to fertilize it the right way so roots are encouraged to grow strong and deep. Different types of grass do best when fertilized at specific times.

Fertilizing Schedule

Fortunately, we can help. Here's what you need to know month-by-month so you can time your lawn fertilizer application for optimal results:

  • February: Tall fescue beats out other grass types in terms of fertilizer timing. This grass likes an early dose of complete fertilizer such as 12-4-8 or 16-4-8, applied at a rate of ½ pound to a pound per 1,000ft2 of lawn.
  • April: A light application of iron can help intensify green color of centipedegrass and St. Augustine grass when applied this month.
  • May: The fertilizing season begins in earnest! Bermudagrass, carpetgrass, centipedegrass, St. Augustine grass, and Zoysia all benefit from a complete fertilizer this month to get them off to a great start.
  • June: Bermudagrass will appreciate an application of a water-soluble, inorganic form of nitrogen, such as ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate.
  • July: Apply that inorganic nitrogen product to Zoysia this month; apply iron to centipedegrass to increase its green hue.
  • August: This is the month for a second application of a complete fertilizer to Bermudagrass, carpetgrass, centipedegrass, St. Augustine grass, and Zoysia.
  • September: This month, apply a second application of complete fertilizer to tall fescue; St. Augustine grass will benefit from a second application of iron.
  • November: Tall fescue gets its third application of complete fertilizer to help it through the winter months.

Give us a call.

At W.P. Law, we offer a comprehensive range of fertilizers for all grass types, and we can help you set up an optimal feeding schedule for your lawn. So give us a call: The better root system your grass plants have, the better they'll be able to draw up the water and nutrients they need to stay healthy, no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

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