When Should I fertilize my lawn for the best results?
In San Diego, like so many Southern California communities, many people ask when should I fertilize my lawn. Let’s face it, when your lawn is looking a little brown, you may be tempted to spread some fertilizer on it for a quick fix. But the when, the how, and what time of the day you fertilize your lawn requires some careful consideration.
The best time of day to fertilize a lawn is morning because that’s when the temperature is cooler and the grass is moist with dew. Heat and dryness are your enemies when fertilizing your lawn. Even without hot temperatures, applying chemical fertilizers to grass exposes it to the danger of burning. Plus fertilizer should be watered immediately into the soil, and this task is easier to perform on a lawn already moist. The exception is with “weed and feed” products, which you don’t want to water in immediately: You want the herbicidal component to maintain contact with the weeds for a period of time.
Don’t apply fertilizer when a heavy rainstorm is in the forecast. A downpour may wash the fertilizer away. But if you’re expecting a moderate amount of rain to come and to fall steadily for several hours, this is an ideal time to fertilize. It will save you from having to water the fertilizer yourself.
Do you have a lawn irrigation system?
Since heat and dryness are your enemies when fertilizing a lawn, avoid applying fertilizer to your grass during periods of severe drought unless you have a functioning lawn irrigation system in place. Your grass is stressed at such times, increasing the likelihood that a chemical fertilizer will burn it. The experts at True Lawn Care Inc. are familiar with the best way to apply lawn fertilizer here in San Diego and will provide you with a FREE lawn evaluation to help you make the most of your outdoor living spaces.