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

March 17, 2014By

Proper fertilization gives your lawn an edge when it comes to growing and thriving. Especially if your lawn has been damaged or is unhealthy, it will benefit from fertilization.

When Is the Time to Fertilize Your Lawn?

On the Gulf Coast, it is usually time to fertilize your lawn in mid-April, according to the LSU Ag Center. If your lawn seems healthy, you may not think that it needs fertilizer. However, sometimes it is not as healthy below the surface. Ask your landscape professional if fertilization is a good idea for your lawn.

Fertilizer Makes a Difference

Having your landscape company apply a fertilizer will make a difference, even if your lawn appears healthy. Your grass will be a darker green in color, and will grow more fully.

If your lawn has sustained damage or needs new growth areas, it should definitely be a candidate for fertilizing. Lawns that are poor in vigor and those that have thinning areas will also benefit from fertilization. It creates a lawn with more quality in appearance.

Why Wait Until April?

Gulf Coast lawns may begin greening up during the month of March. So, why does your landscaper wait to fertilize until April? The reason is turf grasses undergoing a root decline in the spring. The old root system may die during the month of March, and the grass will grow new roots.

That’s why professionals wait until April to fertilize, so that the new roots of grass can use the nutrition. Fertilizing stimulates your grass to start growing a stronger root system.

If fertilization is done when there are not as many active roots present, this fertilizer will not be efficiently absorbed. Additionally, the nutrients absorbed in early fertilizer application may make your lawn more susceptible for brown patch infections. This is especially common in Saint Augustine grass.

What Fertilizer Is Most Beneficial?

Your landscaper will advise you on what type of fertilizer will work best for your lawn. If you have to choose on your own, the number of brands and types might confuse you. However, when you use a professional landscaper, the choice will be made for you, and it will be the best choice for your lawn.

Your landscaping company will usually apply the chosen fertilizer to a lawn they have recently mowed. In this way, the shorter blades will allow the granules of fertilizer to move into the soil in a more efficient way.

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What About Weeds?

If your lawn has weed problems, your landscaping company may use a fertilizer known as “weed and feed”. This kills weeds as it fertilizes your lawn. They will follow directions closely so that the herbicides will not damage other plants, shrubs and trees in your yard.

The herbicide in these products is also checked to be sure it is safe for your type of grass. Some herbicides may damage specific types of grass, and having a professional landscaper make the choice will ensure that you won’t have problems in this area.

Fertilizing turf grass is helpful in increasing the quality of your lawn, in greening it up and in making it more appealing. It is not as essential as it is with some other types of grasses.

If you want a truly vigorous lawn, your landscaper can fertilize in June as well, with one final application of fertilizer done in August. As a rule, most landscapers go with one extra application in July. If your lawn has a lower maintenance type of turf, like centipede grass, it usually prospers well with just one application of fertilizer in April.

Source:

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/commercial_horticulture/turfgrass/time+to+fertilize+your+lawn.htm

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