When To Fertilize In Spring

Apply early spring lawn fertilizer once between February and April, when your grass is starting to green up and begin to actively grow (around the time your lawn first needs to be mowed).

Can you fertilize too early in spring?

If you are going to fertilize your lawn, do not do it too early in the season. The best time for that first application is late spring, just as the green grass is beginning to grow eagerly. If you apply fertilizer too early, it will divert the plant’s energy into leaf development too soon.

What is the best fertilizer for early spring?

Other Top Lawn Fertilizer Products Miracle Gro All Purpose Lawn Food (Synthetic) Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food (Synthetic) Safer Brand 9333 Ringer Lawn Fertilizer (Organic) Milorganite 0636 Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer (Organic) Espoma ELF20 Organic All Season Lawn Food (Organic) Diatomaceous Earth Food (Organic).

Is March too early to fertilize lawn?

March is much too early to either fertilize or control weeds in the lawn. Fertilizing lawns in late winter is normally not beneficial to the turfgrass plants. Early fertilization can encourage lush growth during periods when cold temperature stress can still occur. Generally, fertilizers are best applied after April 1.

What month Should I fertilize lawn?

According to Scotts, you should apply lawn fertilizer between February and April when your grass starts to green up and begins to actively grow. Essentially, if it looks like your grass is ready for its first mowing of the season, then it’s ready for lawn fertilizer.

Is now a good time to fertilize my lawn?

Fall is the most important time to fertilize your lawn. Now is when roots grow. Fall is a great time to fertilize the lawn. Fertilizers with slow-release nitrogen are valuable since they provide a consistent release of nitrogen to the growing plants.

How do I fertilize my lawn in the spring?

How to Use Lawn Fertilizer Water your lawn. A few days before you feed your lawn, give it a good watering. Pick the best spreader for your lawn. Spreaders fall into two main categories: broadcast and drop. Apply grass fertilizer around the perimeter. Fill in the middle. Properly handle remaining product.

Is it too cold to fertilize lawn?

As a general rule, you should not fertilize your lawn when it is dormant. Lawn grass can go dormant when it’s too cold, or too hot. At the cool end of the spectrum, you want to be sure that your air temperatures are consistently 60 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

When should I fertilize my garden?

Generally speaking, the best time to fertilize landscape plants is around the time they begin to grow actively. The worst time to fertilize plants is at the end of their growing season. Trees, for example, begin to wake up and grow in early spring, and typically are fertilized once in February or March.

Do I fertilize my lawn before or after rain?

Ideally, you should aim to fertilize about two days after rain or watering, and when the next heavy rainfall is at least two days away. It can be helpful to have some rain before and after fertilizing. Rain a couple of days before fertilizing keeps your yard moist and the turf healthy, receptive to the nutrients.

What if it rains after I fertilize my lawn?

The answer not very cut and dry, but here is the bottom line: The vast majority of the time, rain after a fertilizer application is not a problem at all. Water helps “activate” your fertilizer. It helps move the granules deep into the thatch where it starts to break down so that it can be soaked into the root system.

What temperature should I fertilize my lawn?

Ideally, the ground should be around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on where you live, March to April is the best time to fertilize your lawn. It’s also best if your yard is watered a few days before you want to apply the fertilizer, whether that’s from rain or a sprinkler.

How do I fertilize my lawn in the summer?

Continue to mow high all summer long. Feed. Feeding in the early summer helps strengthen the lawn so it can better withstand the heat and drought conditions that summer is famous for. Scotts® Turf Builder® releases its nutrients slowly over time, making it the go-to fertilizer for all grass types.

How long after fertilizing should I seed?

How soon after applying fertilizer can I plant grass seed? You can plant grass seed immediately after applying fertilizer. Please make sure there is no weed preventer in the fertilizer, as this will also prevent the grass seed from germinating.

Should I fertilize in the morning or evening?

The late afternoon or early evening is the best time of day to fertilize your lawn. With that said, you should never fertilize if there is direct hot sunlight on your lawn. This can lead to burning.

Should I water after fertilizing?

At Master Lawn, we typically say to wait 24 hours before watering your lawn after fertilizing. But it is important to make sure that it does receive a good watering session soon after that 24 hour waiting period. Watering helps the fertilizer to activate and to break down and begin feeding nutrients to the lawn.

Should I mow before fertilizing?

Ideally, you’ll want to mow and rake before fertilizing, so that excess lawn waste is removed and the fertilizer will have an easier time reaching the soil. Aerating your soil before fertilizing can also help; the best times to aerate are when your grass is actively growing, such as in spring or early fall.

How do I overseed my existing lawn?

Mow Low. Before overseeding your thin lawn, cut your grass shorter than normal and bag the clippings. After mowing, rake the lawn to help loosen the top layer of soil and remove any dead grass and debris. This will give the grass seed easy access to the soil so it can root more easily after germinating.