How much (or whether) you fertilize depends on how thick and green you want the lawn to be. If you’ve never tested your soil (or haven’t done so lately), it’s helpful to first get a reading to determine if anything unusual is going on or if major corrections are needed. Mail-away, DIY soil-test kits are available at most county Extension offices and many garden centers. This report will give you both nutrition and pH (soil acidity) recommendations.
The traditional application plan for cool-season grasses is four times a year:
1.) Late March to early April;
2.) Late May to early June;
3.) Late August to early September
4.) Early to mid-November, before the ground freezes.
GreenView’s lawn fertilizers, however, use a patented formulation of slow-release nitrogen to feed for 12 weeks at a time, achieving the same results with just two fertilizer applications per year instead of four. The first fertilizer application is done in the Spring.
GreenView Fairway Formula Lawn Fertilizer (for those without weed or crabgrass problems)
GreenView Fairway Formula Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass Preventer (for those who want to fertilize and prevent crabgrass at the same time)
GreenView Fairway Formula Spring Fertilizer Weed and Feed and Crabgrass Preventer (for those who want to fertilize, kill weeds, and prevent crabgrass at the same time).
The second treatment is done in the fall, ideally in September or October. This one uses GreenView Fairway Formula Fall Fertilizer, which repairs summer damage and encourages root growth for winter hardiness and quick spring green-up.
For those leaning organic, GreenView has a slow-acting, organics-rich fertilizer called Turf Nurture Natural Base Fertilizer that can be used just once or twice per year. You can also try going without fertilizer altogether, then add it as needed depending on how the lawn performs.
Turfgrass often grows less vigorously and densely without adequate nutrition, so a thinning lawn with increasing weeds is a sign to watch for that fertilizer (especially nitrogen) might be needed.
It is also worthy to note that GreenView’s patented slow-release nitrogen in our products does not cause surge growth, which means that you won’t have to mow your lawn more just because you are actively fertilizing.
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