Tips for Fertilizing the Lawn


If you fertilize your lawn properly with creative landscape design, you’ll have an extremely dense, strong, and sturdy stand of turf that keeps its dark green color and gives weeds a fight for their money.


Rotating spreader with a fertilizer spreader

Make sure that the hopper on a rotary spreader is shut before filling it. To collect any fertilizer which has escaped, you might fill the hopper using a tarp.


The most crucial element of every lawn is nitrogen. Different types of grass require different levels of nitrogen in order to achieve maximum performance and growth. The frequency you fertilize your lawn will influence the appearance and maintenance of your lawn. For instance the more fertilizer you use the more time you’ll need to mow.

Making use of a Rotary Spreader or a Broadcast Spreader

If you are feeding lawns with larger areas using a rotary or broadcast spreader is the best choice. Before filling the hopper with fertilizer, make sure it is securely shut. It is a good idea to place it on a tarp so that any fertilizer that spills out will be quickly removed. First, apply fertilizer to the lawn’s edges. After that, move around the grass in an organized pattern. To ensure that you cover the entire grass with fertilizer, slightly overlap application strips.

Use a drop spreader

Pick a drop spreader that allows for the controlled distribution of fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer evenly on every pass to ensure that you have proper coverage and ensure that you seal the hopper as you reach the end of your run. A drop spreader may cost you more, however, it’s worth it when your lawn is average in size. If you accidentally spread fertilizer on your lawn, retrieve whatever you can, and then use a stiff broom to disperse any fertilizer left as much as you can. Then, water it thoroughly, and then repeat the process another time a few days later, to help move nitrogen through the soil and out of the grass’s root zone.

Handheld Broadcast Spreader Handheld

For smaller areas of lawn, a handheld broadcast spreader is an ideal choice. Slowly and steadily making sure that you spread the patterns of distribution slightly between each move. This little spreader is perfect for areas in the shade of your lawn that require a greater fertilizer rate than those in the sun. Some fertilizers include herbicide as a component of the food for your lawn. These are often advertised as weed-and-feed lawn care products and are applied using the grass spreader.

Utilize a battery-powered, hand-held spreader, calibrated and pre-calibrated.

Small gardens can be fertilized using handheld spreaders powered by batteries. They are pre-calibrated and prepared to go. Simply turn a switch and walk around your yard. This kind of spreader is ideal for tiny gardens or areas where a standard push lawn spreader would be difficult to control like slopes.

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After you have watered your lawn, rest for a few days before applying fertilizer. Apply fertilizer when the grass has dried. Then, you can water it lightly. This is essential since it aids in the removal of fertilizer from grass blades and deposits it into the soil. In order to allow rain to enrich the soil, fertilizers may be applied during rainstorms. Be sure to not apply fertilizer right before a storm otherwise the fertilizer will wash away, especially if your grass slopes. Don’t apply fertilizer to grass that has turned brown or is wilted because of the lack of water.


Grasscycling refers to the practice of leaving grass clippings on your lawn after they have been cut. The clippings can be used to meet 25% of your lawn’s fertilization needs and will help you save both time and cash. Three to four pounds of nitrogen can be obtained from a hundred pounds of lawn clippings. A lawn of about half an acres in the temperate region of Pennsylvania can produce over three tonnes of grass clippings annually. It is possible to help your lawn flourish. To cycle, grass is not a requirement for an extra mulching mower but you might need to replace your existing mower blade with a mulching blade that cuts grass into smaller bits that decompose quicker.

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