If you’re like many of our customers, you’re probably wondering how often to fertilize your lawn to get the best results
Alright, this is a fun one! And super important.
As you probably already know, fertilizer is one of the essential elements that keep your lawn happy and healthy.
And you also probably know that using it properly can be tricky. There are several things to take into consideration when choosing and using a fertilizer, and you can’t skip them. Why? Because the wrong fertilizer and/or the wrong approach can do more harm than good to your lawn.
Don’t even want to think about maintaining your lawn on your own, but you DO want it happy and healthy? That’s ALL we think about (well, that and beautifully planned and designed landscapes), so we’ll happily do it for you. Call us at (631)287-7666 or email us to talk.
What you should know about fertilizer
Why use fertilizer?
There are a lot of differing opinions about fertilizer — some say don’t use it, while for others it’s all they can talk about regarding lawn maintenance.
Well, let us tell you our point of view.
Fertilizer means nutrients. It means beautiful, green, healthy grass and good soil. Fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, which are the three elements that boost your lawn’s health and look. If you add a slow-release feature to that fertilizer, you have a winner — slow-release fertilizers feed the grass slowly but surely, without causing it to grow too quickly.
However, there’s a catch: we’re not happy about the chemical-heavy products that damage both your lawn AND the environment. Here at Mahoney, we want to make sure we use sustainable, eco-friendly products that will keep you, your loved ones, and the environment safe.
How often should you fertilize your lawn?
That partly depends on where you’re located and the types of grasses you have.
As a general rule of thumb, the best time for fertilizing is spring. That’s when nature comes to life and your grass could use a little extra love.
You should start applying fertilizer before or during the seeding process. A quick-release nitrogen fertilizer will give your little seeds a boost to grow into strong, beautiful grass. If this is the first time you fertilize, don’t mow for 48 hours. Let the fertilizer do its magic.
If your grass is already grown, you can apply fertilizer in late spring, but avoid doing it during summer when the temperatures peak — it can damage your grass.
You can reapply fertilizer every 6-8 weeks, but that depends on the amount of water you’re giving your lawn. By the way, don’t water your lawn within the first 24 hours of applying the fertilizer!
When it comes to deciding how often to fertilize your lawn from there, it’s good to also just keep an eye out on the grass. If it looks thick, green, and strong, you can skip the feeding for now, but if it starts to look a little tired, give it the nutrients it needs.
What do you think? Is maintaining your lawn a tough job? It doesn’t have to be, but there are quite a lot of things you should know to make sure it’s well-maintained. Oh, but the results? SO worth it!