Fertilizing your lawn is a necessary step to keeping up its health and vibrant green appearance. Your yard is a battleground for grass. Trees, shrubs, weeds, and other grasses compete with your lawn for resources, including nutrients, water, and sunlight. Many people also take away one of their lawn’s major sources for nitrogen - grass clippings.
Don’t worry. There are steps you can take to help your lawn be its best. Check out our advice below to use your fertilizer to get the best results possible.
Tip #1: Get the Right Type of Fertilizer
There are many types of fertilizers out there for lawns. Make sure to get the type of fertilizer containing nitrogen on slow release. Look for the label “Slow Release Nitrogen” on the packaging. The slower the release, the better the results tend to be. The slow-release can help your lawn grow efficiently and evenly.
Tip #2: Use the Right Amount of Fertilizer
Most fertilizers will have instructions. Make sure to stick to these as more is not always better. Having more fertilizer than your grass can use opens up your lawn to invasions from weeds. With too little fertilizer, your lawn won’t get all the nutrients it needs. Aim for the “Goldilocks,” just right amount.
Tip #3: Choose the Right Time
For most Midwest and Northern states in the U.S., including Michigan, the best times for fertilizing your lawn are the spring and fall. Around mid-summer, your lawn may need a boost, but the beginning and end of the growing season are the most important times.
Tip #4: Use Your Fertilizer in the Right Spots
While following the instructions, keep as much fertilizer on your lawn as you can. Most of the fertilizer you put down will runoff. If you notice some fertilizer outside your lawn, you can put it back onto your grass. Displaced fertilizer can end up in streams and storm drains. That can harm the local environment.
Getting the Lawn you Want by Partnering with a Quality Service
Follow the above steps to help support and strengthen your lawn. If you want quality lawn care, including fertilizing during the spring season, consider Independent Lawn Service. We are ready to help our Livonia neighbors get the best results from their lawns.