When Is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Gulf Coast Lawn?

April 13, 2015By

Sometimes timing is everything. This saying is known by just about everyone, but not everyone knows how true this saying is when it comes to getting the most out of your fertilizing efforts. Fertilizer can be one of the best ways to get your lawn looking the way you’ve dreamed of, but that’s only if you’re smart in how you use it.

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There’s little doubt that the best lawns come from landscapers who know that proper fertilization will always give your lawn an edge over someone who doesn’t use the same. This isn’t just about healthy lawns, but it also can help out damaged and unhealthy lawns that need that extra little bit of love.

How Do You Know When It Is the Right Time to Use Fertilizer on Your Lawn?

There it is:
The million dollar question.

This isn’t an exact science. For example, you’re not going to have a “perfect day” as in a 24-hour period where you hit it right or don’t get another chance for perfection. That being said, there are some general rules of thumb that you can follow to get the results you want from fertilizing your lawn.

The first is to know that the best time to fertilize your lawn will generally be in mid-April (or put another way, Easter.) This isn’t just the old farmers’ tale either, but that’s an assessment that’s been agreed with by the LSU Ag Center.

While a healthy lawn might not need fertilizer per se, in most cases even a healthy lawn can benefit quite a bit from proper fertilization. This will only make healthy lawns even healthier and more luscious while also offering damaged lawns the extra nutrients they need to help the grass recover and return to a fuller green. Since the best time to start is about midway through the month of April, you’d better get started!

Why You Need to Wait Until April

Depending on how quickly the warm weather comes to the Gulf Coast in spring, you may notice your lawn begins showing signs of green during March. While this can be a tempting sign to jump on the fertilization bandwagon early, don’t do it!

During March old root systems die off while the new healthier ones replace them. You want to fertilize the new roots to help your lawn shine for the upcoming year – not waste it on the roots that are already on their way out!

This is why any truly experienced landscaper will wait until at least mid-April to bring out the fertilizer bags. This is because at this time he or she knows that the fertilizer will actually go to creating a stronger and healthier root system for your lawn. Better roots mean healthier and greener grass for your lawn.

Being Careful About Weeds

Herbicides are generally designed to only kill weeds and not grass, but at the same time it’s really important to make sure that they are safe for your specific type of grass and the plants in your lawn. Much of this depends on the type of grass you have, so you’ll want to be careful about using the proper combination of fertilizer and herbicide to keep your lawn healthy and not accidentally cause any damage or harm.

Going That Extra Mile

If you’re one of those proud landowners who never thinks good is good enough, then a second fertilization process in June with a final one in August will also help you get to the point of perfection. Depending on the lawn and results there might be another one in the month of July, but that becomes a case-by-case basis type of decision.

There are plenty of ways to get the best-looking lawn, and that initial fertilization in mid-April is critical to getting the ball rolling. Let the professionals at Fischer Environmental help give you the beautiful, healthy lawn you’ve been dreaming of; contact us today for a free estimate!

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