Fertilizer Basics

The three key ingredients to a healthy lawn are proper watering, mowing and fertilizing. That’s all it takes to keep a healthy looking lawn with as minimal weeds as possible. But when should fertilizer be applied and how much fertilizer should you use?

Application

Fertilizer should be applied before putting down sod, as well as after. Regular fertilization is important throughout the year to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow abundantly.

During the spring and summertime, fertilizer should be applied to your lawn every six to eight weeks or longer, depending on the type of fertilizer, watering schedule and soil type used. SodLawn also recommends using a blend of organic fertilizer and synthetic fertilizers. For most properties, we recommend an all-purpose fertilizer such as 15-15-15 or 16-16-16.

How Much

Fertilizer is not only a requirement to lawn care, but also a beneficial factor. Fertilizer is made up of nitrogen, phosphate and potash, and helps allow root systems to grow strong and thrive, giving weeds less room to grow. It also improves the color and thickness of grass blades, giving you a beautiful lawn to show off to passersby!

Before placing sod, we recommend using an all-purpose fertilizer to preseed the soil with nutrients. Commonly this is placed at a rough rate of 1 pound per 100 square feet on residential properties and 1 pound per 150 square feet for commercial fertilizers. Once planted, reapply fertilizer every six to eight weeks throughout the year, although many grasses will not need applications during the winter months – December and January – when grasses fall dormant.

pound per 150 square feet for commercial fertilizers. Once planted, reapply fertilizer every six to eight weeks throughout the year, although many grasses will not need applications during the winter months – December and January – when grasses fall dormant.