While the Georgia weather has been all over the map, it appears that we can finally look forward to more consistent spring weather. Understandably, because our warm-season grass here in the South goes dormant and turns an unhappy brown throughout the winter, many homeowners want to head outside with a dose of fertilizer at the first sign of warmth, to help their grass return to its bright green as quickly as possible. While fertilizing in the spring can be a vital part of lawn care, there are some things you need to know first.
- Do not fertilize too early.
When your grass is still coming out of dormancy, it is particularly sensitive to fertilizer, and during this stage, the fertilizer can actually damage the grass. To make sure your fertilizer truly helps your lawn rather than hurting it, you should postpone lawn fertilization until you’re sure that the grass is fully out of dormancy—a good rule of thumb is to wait until you’ve had to mow three times. In our area, this generally happens during April or early May, but it varies from one location, grass type, and soil type to the next.
- Get a soil test before you fertilize.
Fertilizer is not one-size-fits-all. Everyone’s soil has its own deficiencies, so to make your fertilization efforts go as far as possible, it’s always a good idea to start with a soil test to see what nutrients your lawn needs most. This will allow you or your lawn care professional to more accurately choose the right type of fertilizer, or to know if there are other lawn treatments you may need.
- Don’t hesitate to hire a lawn care professional.
Fertilizing correctly can be trickier than it sounds, from getting the right timing, to selecting the right fertilizer, to applying it in the correct amounts. Hiring a professional lawn care specialist will put your mind at ease that your fertilization be as successful as possible to help your lawn grow lush and beautiful so you can enjoy it throughout the summer.
Remember, fertilizing is an important part of making your lawn as beautiful and enjoyable as it can be, but it’s only one part. To discuss professional lawn fertilization as well as pre-emergent weed control, pest control, aeration, seeding, or other treatments your grass may need, schedule a consultation with our experienced lawn care experts at Turf Shield.