One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to feed it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic, and other stresses. While feeding your lawn once a year will improve its condition, feeding it 4 times a year will make it even healthier and more beautiful.
Turn your lawn into the best on the block by putting it on this schedule. (Be sure to follow all label directions.)
Why feed: Your lawn wakes up hungry in the spring! Feeding it strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start.
Timing: February to April, when your grass greens up and begins to actively grow (around the time your lawn first needs to be mowed)
Why feed: By this point your grass is busy and using up stored energy, so you need to keep it well nourished.
Timing: April to June, 6 to 8 weeks after the early spring feeding
Why feed: Summer is tough on grass, thanks to heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects. Feeding helps protect and strengthen it.
Timing: June to August, 6 to 8 weeks after the late spring feeding
Why feed: Your lawn is looking for the nutrients it needs to recover from summer damage while getting ready for its winter nap. Feeding now will strengthen roots and increase nitrogen storage for a healthy, green lawn next spring.
Timing: August to November, right before winter hits, 6 to 8 weeks after the summer feeding
Always apply fertilizer straight after cutting the grass. This means it’s got maximum time to settle into the lawn before the next cut.
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