Tips For Fertilizing Your Ohio Lawn

Lawn fertilization is a vital lawn care chore that is essential if you want a lush and healthy lawn. There are many tools in a homeowner’s lawn care arsenal but lawn fertilizer is something you should always have on hand. If you are new to lawn care, you might wonder, “how often do I fertilize my lawn” or “when is the best time to fertilize my lawn?” These questions and more will be answered in this article. Keep reading to learn some helpful tips for fertilizing your lawn. 

How often should you fertilize your lawn in Ohio?

It may be tempting to start fertilizing whenever you see your grass starting to look thin or weak. Fertilizers do have their benefits, but fertilizing too often can lead to more weeds and a pH imbalance that you don’t want to deal with. To properly fertilize your lawn you should fertilize your lawn at least twice a year depending on the type of grass you have. 

Best time to fertilize your lawn

Here in Ohio, our lawns consist mainly of cool-season grasses. Cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, do their growing in the spring and fall when average temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. To get the most out of your fertilizers, fertilize heavily in the fall and go easy in early spring. Fertilizing at the wrong time could encourage common weeds or possibly burn your grass.

Can you over-fertilize your lawn?

As we mentioned earlier, fertilizing too often can lead to an imbalance in the pH of your soil. The excessive use of fertilizer will cause nitrogen and salt levels in the soil to rise rapidly, causing damage or even death to the grass. This is known as fertilizer burn and looks like yellow and brown strips or patches of dead grass. 

Should you fertilize before or after cutting the lawn?

A lawn’s health, lushness, and greenness depend on many factors. To maintain a healthy lawn, it is necessary to mow it regularly, water it regularly, and fertilize it regularly. The best time to fertilize a lawn is after it has been mowed so it has time to absorb the fertilizer.

Can I apply fertilizer to wet grass

When your lawn has recently been soaked by the rain and the soil has become saturated, wait a few days before fertilizing it. By allowing the ground to dry out, you won’t create runoff and waste fertilizer. When fertilizer is applied to dry grass, it is also more likely to slide down to the soil rather than stick to the blades.

How long should fertilizer be down before it rains?

A fertilizer application right before heavy rain will be less effective. Runoff could wash it out of your yard before it even has a chance to soak in and activate! Don’t apply it right before significant rainfall, or it will wash away.

Check the forecast for rain. You should apply fertilizer two days before any expected rainfall. If it looks like rain is coming, use sprinklers to water your yard. Activating the fertilizer application and allowing it to soak into the soil will prevent rain from damaging it.

Should I water after fertilizing?

This all depends on whether you are using granular or liquid fertilizers. If your lawn has been fertilized with liquid fertilizer, you should wait 2-4 hours before watering it if you have fertilized it.

If it is granular fertilizer, make sure you water it immediately after it has been applied. Water after spot weed treatments have dried, or the water will wash off the weed killer before it can do its job.

Contact Land Art for Professional Lawn Care

With other lawn fertilization companies, you get the same cookie-cutter treatments. At Land-Art we offer individualized, year-round lawn care and use only the best lawn fertilizer available. 

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