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Determining the Best Lawn Fertilizing Schedule for Your Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

You know your lawn needs to be fertilized, but do you know the best lawn fertilizing schedule? Remember that not all lawns are created equal, and what is good for your neighbor might not work well for you. How do you determine the best fertilizing schedule for your property?

Lawn Fertilizing Schedule: The Basics

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Before you begin any lawn fertilizing schedule, consider the makeup of your soil. Grass needs phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Testing your soil helps you determine how much of each mineral your lawn really needs. An uneven balance of fertilizer can do more harm than good!

Another consideration for a good lawn fertilizing schedule is the time of year. Depending upon your location, fertilizer might be best applied during the cooler months. Fertilizing in the fall, when heat and drought tolerance is a bit better, can help deep root systems grow.

Other Fertilizing Tips

A good lawn fertilizing schedule takes into account the climate, length of growing season, and the makeup of your soil. But there are other factors to consider, as well:

  • Burning. Avoid burning by applying the fertilizer evenly, and only when the ground is dry. Make sure you have the proper nitrogen ratio, and water thoroughly after spreading.
  • Lime. A soil test determines the amount of lime your yard needs. Keep in mind that this is not a substitute for fertilizer!
  • Clippings. Don't bag up those grass clippings! They are a good source of nutrients for your lawn and can actually decrease the amount of fertilizer required.

Keeping your lawn beautiful requires regular maintenance, including a good lawn fertilizing schedule. Test the soil, then speak to a landscape expert about the best fertilizing schedule for your climate.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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