How to Fertilize Grass the Right Way

A key part of having a beautiful lawn is knowing how to fertilize grass. Proper fertilizing will give you a nice green lawn to enjoy instead of a dull colored patch of weeds. Fertilizing is not complicated but there are a few keys of doing it the right way the first time. If you mess it up, you can’t just go back the next day and do it again. You have to wait until it is time to do it on the next cycle.


How to Fertilize Grass Yourself: 2 Ways of Fertilizing

There are a couple of ways of going about the task of fertilizing. One way is get granular fertilizer to be spread in a push spreader. A spreader can be a drop type that drops the fertilizer pellets straight down on the turf as you push it. But the more commonly used type is a broadcast spreader which spreads seed, or in this case fertilizer, in a wider path. That way you don’t have to do as much walking while still covering more area.


Right Amount!

Whichever type spreader you use, just be sure to follow the instructions on the bag of fertilizer. Put out the right amount for the best results. You need to know the size of your lawn so you know how to fertilize grass correctly. Too much fertilizer and your grass will grow too fast and have to be mowed too frequently. Too little fertilizer will not kick start the growth you desire.


Liquid Fertilizer Is More Effective

Another way to do the fertilizing on your little ponderosa is to go with a liquid fertilizer. This way is a bit more effective as the fertilizer is soaked into the turf immediately. Equal distribution of the chemical fertilizer is still important in this case too. You don’t want spots of nice green grass and other spots that are light green. That will happen if you don’t fertilize as evenly as possible.


Have Fun and Spray Around!

How to fertilize grass using a liquid fertilizer? Well, you can use a pump up sprayer. Just mix water with the concentrate and start walking and spraying. If you have a big yard, I suggest a backpack sprayer. It holds more than a hand held sprayer and the pump seems to work better in these designs. You can also just buy a simple fertilizing kit that hooks on your standard garden hose. This is for those who want the easiest solution possible. All you have to do is to hook the bottle of concentrated fertilizer to the end of your water hose and start spraying. It automatically uses the right amount of mixture as you spray. How does this work? I assume it is some kind of green thumb wizardry!


But, Don’t Make This Mistake….

The biggest mistake folks make is not doing an even job with the fertilizing. You can’t tell it until the fertilizer starts working, which may be several days after you fertilize. Depending on what technique you used, you can see certain patterns of bad fertilizing. There could be streaks that show how poor a job you did or just random spots left unfertilized. Either way you will have to correct the problem a few weeks away. If you re-fertilize right away to make the lawn look even, you run the risk of adding too much fertilizer to the lawn. That is as harmful as not adding any fertilizer at all and in some cases it is more harmful. So do the job right the first time to not have to worry about correcting it.animation_direction=”down”


Sharing = Saving Money

Fertilizing can always be hired out just like any lawn task. Just be sure you get a quality company that can handle your personal needs. Bigger is not always better when it comes to service providers.

If you and your neighbors have tiny yards, consider buying fertilizer in bulk. You might save enough money to be worth sharing. You don’t want to have to buy 200 pounds of fertilizer for your small yard then have to store the chemicals all year long. Neighbors that work together on lawn maintenance can save dollars by buying in bulk on many other items as well. Now you know how to fertilize grass, it’s time to learn when to fertilize it!


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  1. Reply
    Brian Buckley March 16, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Hi Bill, thank you very much for sharing this post. You gave me a very good tip buying fertilizer in bulk. I just proposed to our neighbors and they agreed! Another guy who lives a few streets away and was passing by with his dog overheard our conversation and joined us too. So thanks a lot!

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      billmartin March 16, 2015 at 7:26 am

      You are most welcome Brian. Nice to hear that you can benefit from this article. That is why I am doing it for. Awesome!Thanks for letting me know:)

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    Jason March 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Bill, I couldn’t have found this article at a better time!!! Last year november I bought my now, 3 yr old son, a John Deer play toy riding mower. Well, it was such a hit and had all the neighborhood kids over wanting to take turns, so we bought him another one before xmas so he could have friends over and ride as well.

    The problem is they ride almost everyday in the front yard and they are really starting to kill the grass in some areas! lol It’s a good problem to have bc my son is now the most popular kid on the block and even though he is only 3, there are kids here, ages 6-10 years old, that love coming over and playing with him, and are even inviting him over there house to play and to their bday parties. As young as he is compared to them, I was really surprised how he is not just a 5th wheel to the older boys, but they want and include him in all their fun!

    Back to the yard problem….this is my first house. I don’t have tons of money to go around, but I just read your article and think I could do that no problem! I am about to read your other article about planting grass seed or sod!

    Thank you so much! I have bookmarked this on my computer as well! Do you have a newsletter I could sign up for!?

    Thx again!

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      billmartin March 23, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Hi Jason, Thank you for sharing this awesome story of your son and his new friends. My boys also had an plastic ride-on lawn tractor which they use to play with for hours. I had completely forgotten about it untill reading your story. Ofcourse that was 30 years ago:). Thank you for reminding me happy memories! I am working on a newsletter which will be available any time soon, so I hope to see you sign up in the future. Take care, Bill

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    Leibfred April 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for mentioning one of the biggest DIY mistakes when it comes to fertilizing grass. If it is applied unevenly, you are sure to get less-than-satisfactory results.

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      billmartin April 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Exactly, the best thing people can do after DIY fertilizing is wait a few weeks to see how the grass reacts to the fertilizer. But,…..nowadays we just don´t have the patience to do so and nobody wants a yard with lesser green spots on it. Still…the best thing to do is to wait a few weeks and then fertilize again those forgotten spots in the yard. Another great tip is to divide the yard in straight stripes or sections. You can use trees, rocks or flowerbeds as a reference to mark your sections and fertilize within this imaginable range. This way you don´t forget any spot. I hope this helps too. Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it!

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