When to Fertilize Lawn: Best Times for Lawn Fertilization

June 30, 2019

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A lush green lawn can dramatically enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home. However, to keep your lawn healthy and green, you need to provide it regular feedings and high-quality fertilizer. When a quality lawn fertilizer is applied at appropriate times, it provides essential nutrients to turf and helps it grow thick and healthy as well as resist pests, weeds, and environmental stresses.  

When to Fertilize Lawn 

Constant overfeeding is never healthy for a lawn. It doesn’t help your turf grass in any way and can affect the environment adversely. For most lawns, it’s enough to apply lawn fertilizer around once or twice per year so as to keep the grass healthy and green.  

The right time for applying lawn fertilizer depends largely on your type of grass, and partly on the climate. Lawn fertilization should be performed during the season your grass grows the most.  

What Type of Grass do You Have? 

The type of your grass would determine when to fertilize your lawn 

Grass comes in various types, but there are only two main varieties – warm-season grass and cool-season grass. Generally, warm-season grass grows in southern states and cool-season grass grows in northern states.  

1. Cool-Season Grasses 

Cool-season grass remains green, in general, throughout the year when it grows in transitional and cool areas. The climates that are most suitable for such grasses are the ones with warm (not hot) summers and cold winters. Regions having temperatures within 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit are best for the growth of these grasses. They grow all-round the year, except late-and mid-winter months.  

Some of the cool-season grasses are –  

  • Perennial/annual ryegrass 
  • Fine/tall fescue 
  • Kentucky bluegrass 
  • Bentgrass 

When to Fertilize Lawn with Cool-Season Grass 

It’s recommended by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service to feed cool-season grass twice during the fall – in November and September – and then during the spring – in April or May – following the first flush of growth. 

2.Warm-Season Grasses 

Regions having temperatures within 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit suit best for the growth of warm-season grasses. These grasses go dormant or become brown during winter, based on your climate. The dormancy of winter lasts for around 3-5 months.  

Some of the warm-season grasses are – 

  • Centipede 
  • St. Augustine 
  • Zoysia 
  • Buffalo 
  • Bahia 
  • Bermuda 

When to Fertilize Lawn with Warm-Season Grass 

Warm-season grasses should be fed during active periods of growth. However, avoid feeding them in hot midsummer months. The fertilizer should be applied in three phases – first in early spring when the grass begins to green, then in late spring, finally in late summer.  

Now that you know the best time to fertilize your lawn, here’s an idea of how to proceed with lawn fertilization. 

How to Fertilize Your Lawn 

Fertilizing a lawn is a simple process. It usually takes less than 20 minutes to feed a typical subdivision lawn. The steps for fertilizing a lawn are as follows: 

1. Water the Lawn 

Give your lawn a good watering a few days prior to feeding it. Watering prepares your soil to accept fertilizer. 

2. Choose the Best Spreader for Applying Fertilizer 

There are two main categories of spreaders – drop and broadcast. Each fertilizer comes with a distinctive spreader setting to allow correct coverage, and your spreader settings should be adjusted accordingly. Look for the correct spreader setting in your fertilizer bag and ensure that you are choosing the right setting for your spreader.  

3. Apply Fertilizer Around Perimeter 

Applying fertilizer around the perimeter of your lawn first will let you put fertilizer in the remaining area of your lawn without being concerned about missing out any edges.  

5. Fill Fertilizer in the Middle 

Fill fertilizer in the middle of your lawn by following a mowing pattern – walk back and forth along straight lines and slightly overlap with each pass.  

6. Store any Remaining Product 

After applying fertilizer to your lawn, return any remaining fertilizer to its bag and store for future applications. Make sure you keep the product in a dry, cool place away from children and pets.  


Leave Your Lawn Fertilization to the Experts 

If your hectic schedule doesn’t allow you to invest any time to fertilize your lawn, let us handle the work! All American Turf Beauty is a reputed Iowa based lawn care company. Our lawn care professionals understand lawns quite well and know how often to fertilize lawn 

Rely on our expertise for efficient lawn fertilization that results in a lush green, healthy lawn all-round the year. Gives us a call today! 

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If you are not completely satisfied with an All American Turf Beauty application to your lawn, we will re-apply the application at no additional cost and continue the regular lawn treatment program. Alternately, we will fully refund your cost for the application and cancel any further obligation on your part.

To qualify for the guarantee, you must call All American Turf Beauty within 30 days of application.

Our goal at All American Turf Beauty, Inc. is a simple one:

To provide you with the highest quality products and methods available.

We offer every kind of service that it takes to develop and maintain a beautiful lawn in Iowa based on the climate, soil types, and the varieties of grass that are commonly grown here.

One of the keys to the success of the program is that we provide treatment to lawns approximately every 8 weeks throughout the growing season. This ensures that the grass has fertilizer (food) available throughout the growing season. Dandelions and other Broadleaf weeds are controlled as they germinate thus enabling a weed free lawn, and our Turf Specialist is at the property four to six times per season to address problems as and when they arise.

Another key to our service is our people. The most important person to you in our company is the Turf Specialist assigned to treat your lawn.

We are proud to say that our Turf Specialists are the best trained and most experienced in the lawn care industry.

When you become a customer at All American Turf Beauty, a Turf Specialist is assigned to your account. You will have the same person treating your lawn each time. It is their responsibility to service your lawn, make sure it is receiving the correct applications as scheduled, and to provide you with the best personalized service possible. Their jobs depend on it.

We have several programs to choose from. Your Turf Specialist will recommend the best program that fits the needs of your lawn and your budget.


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