A well cared for lawn can add value and appeal to your home. Whether your lawn is for your personal enjoyment, or in preparation for selling, having a healthy, presentable lawn can be a great boost. Getting the best from your lawn can take year round care, especially in harsher climates where the grass doesn’t get all of the nutrients that it needs. The best way to keep your grass looking healthy is to fertilize your lawn, which is an easy process as long as you know what to do.
Test your soil.
Testing the soil is critical in establishing the health of your lawn. Use a home test kit available at stores like home depot, gardening outlets, or from your local USDA Cooperative Extension System office.
Know when to fertilize your lawn.
You usually need to fertilize your lawn three of four times a year, starting off in the fall. Fall is the best time to begin fertilization because it promotes healthier roots than if you were to fertilize in the summer. Space your fertilization out with the change of each season, making sure that grass growth is not dormant at any stage.
Applying your fertilizer.
If you have a smaller lawn, you will be able to distribute the fertilizer by hand. Begin by evenly spreading the fertilizer around your lawn, and then using a lawn rake to ensure that it is well distributed. If there’s too much manual work involved on your larger lawn, you can use a broadcast fertilizer spreader. This tool uses a mechanized dial to distribute the fertilizer.
Remember to fertilize safely.
Fertilizer is not a toxic product, but it can cause illness in pets and smaller children, and fertilizer run off can contaminate water systems. Whenever you’re using fertilizer, remember to use gloves and eye protection. Children should not help out in this aspect of gardening, and pets should be kept off the lawn for at least a week after fertilizing your lawn. You can prevent run off entering water systems by sweeping excess fertilizer from sidewalks and patios after fertilization.
Keeping a fantastic lawn will be rewarding once you achieve that year round, lush covering that you’ve always wanted. Keeping up with fertilization is just one way to keep your lawn healthy, your home beautiful, and if you’re in the market to sell your home it can even raise your curbside appeal.
Fertilizing your lawn is a simple process, and when you keep safety in mind it should pose no risk to residents and pets in your home.