How To Fertilize

Using a 4-step fertilization program (see below) will give you the controls you need for weeds, insects, and crabgrass. For info on having your soil tested before you begin fertilizing go to Soil Testing.

Purchase a broadcast type spreader which is listed on the calibration chart shown on the fertilizer bag you buy. A spreader with plastic components is recommended to prevent corrosion. Wash spreader after each use. Before spreading material on lawn, put a few inches of fertilizer in the spreader and spread on an area where you can see what width you spreader will broadcast. When spreading on your lawn allow for an overlap of 2’.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CRABGRASS CONTROL (STEP ONE) is very important. It must be applied before May 14, and may be required again at the end of June. (Farmer’s rule of thumb: apply before the forsythia bushes start to bloom in the spring.)

LIME: The pH of your soil determines the effectiveness of applied fertilizer. Have your soil tested to determine the pH level. Add proper amount of lime, (pellitized lime reacts much faster than ground limestone), to achieve a pH level of 6.0 to 6.5. Depending on the type of soil, lime may be required as often as every year.

REMEMBER: Water alone will not keep your lawn green and healthy. A complete (4-step) fertilization program should be initiated within 3 weeks after your lawn has been installed.

Fertilization Program

Choose products that will provide the following results.

Step 1 - Early Spring (or after 2nd mowing of new sod)
Prevent crabgrass and other problem weeds.
Build thick, green lawns from the roots up.
Step 2 - Late spring
Build strong, deep roots.
Kill dandelions and other broadleaf weeds.
Step 3 - Summer
Feed and strengthen against heat and drought.
Kill and protect against bugs.
Step 4 - Fall
Protect your lawn for winter and strengthen for a healthier lawn next year.

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