A green, lush, and weed-free lawn depends on regular fertilizer applications to provide the nutrients for such healthy growth. Professional fertilizer applications can be formulated and timed to meet the exact needs of your lawn. The following can answer some of your questions about professional fertilization services.
How often should I schedule a treatment?
As a general rule of thumb, grass needs to be fertilized every four to six weeks during the growing season. This, of course, can vary depending on the nutrient levels available naturally in your soil and how often you water. Your fertilizer service can help you determine the best schedule for your lawn's specific needs.
Do I need to mow prior to fertilization?
There's no need to mow just because you are having fertilizer applied. Instead, follow the guideline of mowing when the grass has grown one inch taller than the cutting height of your mower. So, if you usually cut your lawn to three inches tall, mow when the grass is four inches tall. If you follow this rule, your lawn will never be too tall for a treatment.
Should I water before or after treatment?
Unless there is significant rainfall within 24 hours of your fertilizer application, plan to water later in the day that the treatment is applied. The water helps wash the fertilizer into the soil, where it provides the most benefit to your lawn. Further, watering dilutes the fertilizer so that it doesn't burn the grass.
Is the treatment safe for my pets or kids?
It's best to remain off the lawn until after the fertilizer begins to dilute into the ground. For granular fertilizer, wait until most of the visible granules have dissolved. As for liquid treatments, a wait of one to two days is typically sufficient.
Do I need separate treatments for differing issues?
Many professional lawn fertilizer companies provide more than just fertilization services. You can have specific herbicides applied to target problem weeds, or you can have pesticides applied to help counteract lawn pests like grubs or human pests like mosquitoes. Usually, these extra treatments can be combined with your fertilizer application so that everything is applied in one visit.
Are there any specific things that are required before service?
The only task for the homeowner is to ensure that the yard is accessible. If you won't be home, this means leaving gates unlocked or open and moving anything that could make it difficult to treat the lawn, such as lawn toys or furniture.
For more help, contact a lawn fertilization service in your area.