How do I pick a lawn fertilizer?

In a previous post, we wrote about some standard spring lawn care tips that will prep your lawn for the summer and enable it to be the healthiest, thickest, and greenest it can be. We’ll be taking a look at each of these tips in detail over the coming weeks and fleshing out the best practices and benefits of each lawn care tip, as well as telling you about how we at Yardly can help you make your lawn beautiful.

Let’s take a look at lawn fertilization, what it is, how to pick a fertilizer, how it can dramatically improve the health and quality of your lawn, and how we can help you fertilize your lawn and make it grow tall, thick, and green this summer season.

How do I read a fertilizer label?

Fertilizer Label

One of the most important aspects of picking a fertilizer and properly fertilizing your lawn is reading and understanding the label. All lawn fertilizers have three main ingredients: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Each ingredient is responsible for promoting a different aspect of healthy lawn growth.

  • Phosphorous (P) is crucial in developing healthy root systems. Fertilizers for new lawns have high concentrations of phosphorous while established lawns contain a relatively low percentage of phosphorus.

  • Nitrogen (N) helps with proper lawn growth and green color.

  • Potassium (K) helps with drought protection, cold tolerance, and disease resistance and promotes the overall health of your lawn.

Fertilizer Number: Nitrogen – Phosphorous – Potassium”

Fertilizer labels will have a three number sequence that lists the Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium proportions of the fertilizer. For example, many all-purpose fertilizers will have a label that reads 10-10-10. This means that the fertilizer contains equal percentages of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium.

How do I pick a fertilizer?

Each lawn is different so before you buy a fertilizer, make sure to read the product descriptions carefully and decide whether that particular fertilizer is right for you. Here are the four main lawn types and the types of fertilizer you want to use for each one.

  1. An established lawn needs nitrogen more than it needs anything else. You want to get a fertilizer with a number that reads Big Number – Small Number – Small Number.

  2. A new lawn doesn’t have much in terms of a root system so it needs plenty of phosphorous to develop one. Pick a fertilizer with a number sequence that reads Small Number – Big Number – Big Number.

  3. New sod needs phosphorous and potassium to develop a root system and cultivate a tolerance to cold and disease. Get a fertilizer with a number that reads Small Number – Big Number – Big Number.

  4. A stressed lawn (a lawn that’s been through or you expect to go through extreme cold or extreme heat) needs a decent amount of nitrogen and a ton of potassium to develop its hardiness and resistance to weather extremities. You want to get a fertilizer with a number that reads Big Number – Small Number – Big Number.

When should I fertilize?

Generally, early fall and mid spring are the best and most important times to fertilize your lawn. Make sure to apply fertilizer on these two periods because they set the stage for how your lawn will grow throughout the summer season. If you can, apply all-purpose fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks throughout summer to make sure your lawn gets all of the nutrients it needs.

How can Yardly help?

We use top tier lawn fertilizer to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to be healthy and grow properly. Yardly provides professional fertilization services to get the job done effectively and affordably. In addition to fertilizing your lawn, we give it its first mow and bag all of the grass clippings to get it ready for the summer growing season.

Yardly provides premium fertilization and spring cleanup services that will prep your lawn and make it healthy, green, and luscious for the summer. Check out our complete spring cleanup package which includes core aeration, lawn mowing, power raking, and edging. Visit our website or give us a call at 780-919-3518 to get a free quote for your property.

Nenad Dumanovic

Nenad Dumanovic worked for Yardly, the Lawn Care and Snow Removal Service Platform, as an Operations Coordinator. Read his posts for insights to maintaining the perfect lawn and property.