The Ultimate Guide to Applying Lawn Fertilizer

Do you want to have a lush and beautifully green lawn? The secret lies in knowing how to properly apply lawn fertilizer. In this guide, we will explore different methods and tools to help you achieve a well-nourished and attractive lawn. So, grab your gloves and let’s get started!

Choosing the Right Spreader

When it comes to applying dry lawn fertilizers, there are two types of spreaders to choose from – drop or broadcast. If you don’t need these tools frequently, don’t worry! You can easily rent them from rental yards or borrow them from nurseries.

Using a broadcast spreader requires knowing the width of its coverage. While the directions might not indicate this, you can simply put some fertilizer in the spreader and run it over a short stretch of lawn to find out. Remember, don’t measure the coverage on concrete unless you plan to sweep up the fertilizer.

Applying dry fertilizers evenly by hand can be a challenging task. If you have no other option, apply the fertilizer very carefully and only on small lawns. Walk backwards across the lawn, wearing gloves, and throw the fertilizer as evenly as possible using a sweeping motion.

Liquid Fertilizers Made Easy

If you prefer using liquid or water-soluble fertilizers, handheld and hose-end applicators are your best friends. Unlike dry fertilizers, liquids can be more difficult to apply evenly since it’s done by hand. Additionally, handheld sprayers might require frequent refilling for larger lawns. However, they do save you the cost of a fertilizer spreader. Just make sure to follow the label instructions precisely for optimal results.

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Achieving Even Application

The key to a well-nourished and attractive lawn lies in applying fertilizer evenly. Uneven application can lead to uneven greening or even burning of the grass. Follow these steps to ensure an even spread:

  1. Set the spreader settings to correspond to the amount of fertilizer you want to apply. You can find this information on the fertilizer label or spreader instructions. If not, you’ll need to calibrate the spreader for accuracy.

  2. Place the spreader over a hard surface, such as a driveway or walkway, and fill it with fertilizer. Be sure to sweep up any spills to avoid wastage.

  3. Start by spreading the fertilizer over the edges of the lawn. Move at your normal walking speed and go back and forth between the edges. When using a drop spreader, make sure to overlap the path of the wheels to avoid missing strips. For broadcast spreaders, a little overlap at the edges is necessary.

  4. Turn off the spreader when you reach the end strips, come to a stop, or when you’re turning around to prevent uneven application.

  5. After fertilizing, it’s essential to water the lawn thoroughly. This helps wash the nutrients into the soil, making them accessible to the roots. Watering also removes any fertilizer on the leaves, preventing burning. Remember, a dry lawn is more prone to burning than a wet one.

  6. Once you’ve finished, clean the empty spreader with a hose. If you skip the cleaning process, the spreader can slowly corrode. It’s best to wash out the spreader on the lawn and let it dry before storing.

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Handling Spills and Liquid Fertilizers

In case of a spill, make sure to clean up the fertilizer as best as you can. You may want to consider using a vacuum cleaner for this purpose. Additionally, flood the area with water to prevent chemical burns on the lawn.

When applying liquid fertilizers, start from a corner or edge of the lawn and walk backwards in a straight line as you spray. Remember to turn off the sprayer at the end of each row to avoid over-application.

So there you have it – the ultimate guide to applying lawn fertilizer. By following these expert tips and techniques, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a healthy and vibrant lawn. For more information and a wide range of lawn care products, be sure to check out Ames Farm Center. Happy fertilizing!