Lawn Fertilizing

Your lawn is an ideal place to play with your kids, pets, entertain your friends, or simply relax.  In order to grow such a beautiful lawn, you need to develop an appropriate maintenance plan. At the top of the list, is fertilization.


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Using appropriate fertilizer at the right time of year, improves the health of your turf, fortifying it against insects and pests, diseases and other ecological stress.

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For you to achieve excellent results in your turf, it is of utmost importance to know, when to apply, proper quantities, and how often to apply the fertilizer.

Without further ado, let’s examine some of the tips to growing a blossoming lawn through proper fertilization in Texas.

What You Need to Understand Before Fertilizing

  • What nutrients does your lawn need? A soil test can help you in identifying the lawn soil requirements. However, if you haven’t tested your soil, you can use a compound fertilizer with a 4:1:2 or 16:4:8, ratios of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The fertilizer ratios and nutrient analysis usually are printed on the fertilizer bags.
  • Know the size of the area you want to fertilize, for you to apply the right amounts.
  • Be acquainted with the type of grass you have grown. Here in Texas, most of the people plant warm-weather grasses such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia to name a few.

When Is The Best Time To Fertilize Your Lawn?

Timing is everything. In Texas, the most appropriate time to start feeding your grass is typically after the grass has turned green. Usually after three weeks, when there are minimal chances for a late frost. During this time the grass is at its maximum growing phase, and adding some nourishment gives an extra boost.

Additionally, Fertilizing during this period, allows your grass to grow healthy and robust, establish extensive root systems and strong leaves. This prepares them for the coming heat and heavy traffic during the summer.

For better results, fertilize your lawn every eight weeks until early fall. Strictly, don’t use more than one pound of nitrogen in every 1000square feet per each application.

Further, fertilizing your turf at the later summer or early fall enhances them to develop strong and deep roots in preparation for the coming cold months.


  • Water your lawn a few days before fertilizing, to ensure it is free of drought stress.
  • Ensure the grass blades are completely dry before applying fertilizer to avoid burns.

How Do You Apply Lawn Fertilizer?
There are many methods used to apply fertilizer. You can use hand fertilizing method, although this technique may result in burns in places where the fertilizer is too concentrated and pale where it is insufficient.  You can also use a spreader. It covers an extensive area compared to hands. Similarly, you can opt for broadcast rotary, which is quite easy to use and they do not strip.  Drop spreaders are ideal for the job too, as there is no chance to overthrow the fertilizers on walk paths, however, you will have to make two trips over the turf.

Additional Tips:

  • After fertilizer application, water your lawn thoroughly to allow the fertilizer sink into the soil and to rinse the grass blades to avoid burns.
  • Keep the kids and pets off the yard, for the period recommended on the label, usually 24 to 48 hours.

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Keith Duncan Lawn Basics