The 411 of Lawn FertilizationAfter 25 years of living in the Ozarks, in south-central Missouri, I have finally got this grass thing down pretty well. I must admit, this has taken some time, money and reading, but the program I’m going to lay out for you has made my lawn something of which I take pride.
Okay, this is easy to remember, and yeah, I did steal this from the “Lawn Geek” (which I highly recommend that you read) but listen up. Feed your lawn using the “holiday” method. I don’t think whoever laid the holidays out planned it that way for our benefit, but they happen to fall about 8 weeks apart, just the right time for application of fertilizer and herbicides. The first application should be around Easter (or here in the Midwest, when you start seeing the forsythia bloom), the second around Memorial Day, next Labor Day, and finally, Thanksgiving. Now, what to apply……….and this is my preference, but I’m right so don’t mess with it.
1. Easter- Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
2. Memorial Day- reapply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
3. Labor Day- Hi-Yield Weed and Feed (post-emergent weed control)
4. Thanksgiving- Fertilome Winterizer (most important)
All of the fertilizers recommended above are formulated so that, if applied correctly, you should not apply more than 1 pound of slow-release nitrogen per 1,000 sq. feet. If this is not applied as directed, you could “burn” your lawn, especially during times of intense heat. One of the things I see people do (and I have done it myself) is to make a pass around the perimeter of the lawn, and then go perpendicular to this back and forth. They forget to turn off the spreader before they get to where they made their initial perimeter pass, thus applying a double amount to that area, or 2 pounds per 1,000 sq. feet. You may notice that I recommended putting crabgrass preventer down twice. That’s because I noticed the first couple of years that crabgrass showed up in my yard in August if I did not reapply pre-emergent around Memorial Day. Learn from my mistakes!
It's Time To Get Started!
Easter is almost here, which means it's time to start the first phase of fertilizing. Come out to your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks to stock up on your Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer! We love the Fertilome products because they WORK. Do you have other questions about your landscape? Our staff would love to help you solve your gardening issues and make this the best and greenest year yet. We're open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM on Friday, and 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. Stop by and see us!