While lawns would generally require simple maintenance that is composed of daily watering, removing of weeds, and occasional inspection to see whether certain areas need to be reset, the application of fertilizer is also a crucial part of lawn maintenance. Fertilizers are beneficial for plants, in that it enables the plants to receive adequate amounts of minerals, which would contribute to their growth, maintenance of their shades of green, and the general overall healthy appearance. With this being said, the question of when to fertilize lawns is a question that most people would ask when it comes to using fertilizers to improve their lawns.
It must be noted that fertilizers today have various nutrient combinations that may be beneficial for one type of lawn, but not as effective for another. This lies in the percentage of nutrients found in the fertilizer. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the major elements that comprise fertilizers, and these are usually the first ones to be looked at when it comes to suitability. A fertilizer with too much of a nutrient, or too little of another may contribute to the poor lawn growth, and may even lead to other adverse effects, such as water contamination, and soil nutrient imbalance. Hence, the right type and the right amount of fertilizer should be considered before dealing with when to fertilize lawns.
The type of grass must also be considered in order to decide when to fertilize lawns. Some grasses grow better during warm seasons. If this were the case, it would be better to apply the fertilizer before the season comes into full swing. The same could be said when it comes to grasses that grow in the cooler seasons. It should be applied before the weather becomes too cold. It must be noted however that fertilizers should not be applied after the season when the grass grows at its most, because it will not be utilized sufficiently by the plant, and would lead to fertilizer wastage, leading to the reapplication of the fertilizer.
Another way to gauge when to fertilize lawns is if the law has not yet colored into its most vibrant version of green. If the grass is still not yet vibrant in color, or it has not grown for a while, it is best to apply fertilize during these times because application of the fertilizer may lead to the plant’s eventual growth and maturation, and this would help in making the plant showcase it’s more vibrant colors and appear healthier and sturdier as well.
These suggestions are rough guides as to when to fertilize lawns. There is no specific schedule that is followed when it comes to applying fertilizer. It depends on the weather, the type of grass in the lawn, and the condition of the lawn itself. If any of these factors are fulfilled, and if the conditions are right, then application of the fertilizer would more likely contribute the plant’s growth, as compared to the potential harm that it might induce.