A well-maintained cool-season turf grass lawn is a pleasure. Whether you have children or grandchildren that play on it, pets that roll on it, or just enjoy looking at it, all lawns benefit from some fertilizer. However, there are a few things you need to consider when deciding to fertilize your cool-season turf grass.
What Are Your Lawn Characteristics?
Is the lawn new, mature, or shaded? Are the lawn clippings returned after mowing? A new lawn might need more of a specific nutrient while establishing itself. On the other hand, a more mature or shaded lawn may need fewer nutrients. Grass clippings contain valuable nutrients. Returning them after mowing is a good idea as the soil will be naturally fertilized, and will save you money.
Why Do You Need to Fertilize?
Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy lawn. Fertilization gives your lawn the right nutrients to thrive. The correct fertilization maintains density as well as plant vigor and color. At the same time, it also helps to prevent undesirable grasses, such as crabgrass, from growing on your lawn. Fertilization also supports recovery from seasonal turf stresses such as hot, dry periods.
What Nutrients Does Your Cool-Season Turf Grass Need?
It is important to know what nutrients your lawn needs, as this defines how much and what combination of fertilizer you must get. You could use a soil analysis test kit to determine this. However, the best way to establish the nutritional needs of your lawn is to have the soil analyzed by a certified soil-testing laboratory. Only apply the nutrients your lawn needs, whether nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) or potassium (K).
When Should You Fertilize and How to Fertilize Your Cool-Season Turf Grass?
Your fertilization program should generally run from March to November. The lawn will benefit most if the majority N fertilizer is applied from late summer through fall. You should apply less during spring and little to none during summer, except if you water frequently or remove clippings. Use a rotary spreader to distribute the fertilizer and remember to return any particles that landed on hard surfaces to the turf.
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