Fertilizing


What is lawn fertilizing and why you should fertilize your lawn?
Lawn Fertilizing is adding nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potash to your lawn. Fertilizing your lawn enriches it with nutrients, encouraging new growth. Fertilizing your lawn is important as it will lead to a thicker, healthier, and greener lawn. Home Owners that fertilize their lawn will be less likely to suffer from weed, insect and disease problems. Also, your lawn will need less water when it gets the nutrients it needs throughout the year.

How often should I fertilize?
Most healthy lawns require only two fertilizers a year to attain and maintain it at its peak. Timing is important!

The following are exceptions to the rule:

  • A tropical summer has a lot of rain and heat, thereby causing your grass to grow at an excellerated rate and the nitrogen in your soil will be reduced. We recommend a fertilizer treatment in mid to late August.
  • Where lawns indicate bare or thin spots due to summer, insect or neglect, an additinal fertilizer application will help to restore the lawn.

What should I do in the Spring?
Contrary to public opinion, the first application of fertilizer should not go down until mid-May. This allows time for nature to do its work. If you put fertilizer down before the roots of your grass have not had time to reach ample depth into the soil, this may leave your lawn susceptible to drought conditions.

What should I do in the Summer?
If it’s hot and dry, no fertilizer required. Keep your lawn watered with about an inch of water per week. That’s equivalent to about an hour of watering per sprinkler location. Chinch bugs start to appear in June. See Pest Mangaement.

What should I do in the Fall?
The lawn care business is notorius for confusing the seasons.  Fall to us means September onward even though summer falls on the 21st of September.  This is the second best time to think about seeding and or renovating your lawn to prepare it for the harsher colder weather.

As in the Spring, we can verticut and over-seed to rejuvenate the lawn and bring it back to its optimum health.  There may be less rain in September and temperatures can be high and therefore you will have to water enough to keep the grass seed moist until germination occurs.  This treatment brings fantastic results and is recommended for thin and high traffic areas.

We will apply the final fall fertilizer starting around mid October.  If you want to know why, click here.