When to Start Fertilizing Your Lawn


Everyone wants to have a lush, green yard. But what happens when your dream of perfect curb appeal isn't carrying over into reality? Creating a lawn care routine that works for you doesn't have to cause significant headaches. At Simple Lawn Solutions, we're here to help you make your grass goals happen by giving you the products and resources to turn your drab lawn into the envy of everyone on your block.


Fertilizing your Grass 101

There are three essential things to remember when selecting the best fertilizing lawn care routine for your home:

  • Timing
  • Concentration
  • Water

When it comes to fertilizing your lawn, timing is key. The best time to begin fertilizing your lawn each year is when the weather starts to warm up, and the soil reaches roughly 55 degrees Fahrenheit. For most people in the contiguous United States, this happens around the middle of April. It's important to know when to start your lawn care fertilizing routine because it needs to coincide with when your grass starts to recover from the cooler temperatures of the winter and begins to grow again.

 Farmer spraying crops in a field

Concentration of Fertilizer

When you look at a bag of fertilizing mix, you'll notice a few different numbers. Fertilizer typically contains a combination of three primary elements: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The numbers on the bag represent the percentages of each element contained within the fertilizing blend. Unless high school science was your favorite subject, you might need a little bit of a refresher on exactly what these elements mean for the success of your lawn care routine.

  • Nitrogen:

    Nitrogen is one of the most critical elements for ensuring your lawn looks lush and green. Although nitrogen is the most concentrated element in the earth's atmosphere, plants can't absorb it until it is incorporated directly into the soil. A lawn that is nitrogen deficient will begin to turn yellow and die off. 
  • Phosphorus:

    If your lawn care routine doesn't include the appropriate amount of phosphorus, your grass may begin to darken in color, appear reddish or purple, and stop growing. Phosphorus plays an essential part in the growth and development of a plant's roots, stem, and leaves. In addition to a lack of growth and change in color, phosphorus-deficient grass may also have weak root systems, which cause weed encroachment and soil erosion. 
  • Potassium:

    Potassium helps your grass survive a variety of factors that it's up against, including drought, disease, and stress from changing temperatures. It does this by strengthening your lawn’s cells and ensuring it is using nitrogen efficiently. If you're looking for a fertilizing mix to keep your grass safe and sound over the winter, you'll need a blend that is high in potassium. 


When you begin to fertilize your lawn each year, we recommend starting with a 16-4-8 mix, which contains 16 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphate, and 8 percent potassium. Using a slow-release blend is also a great idea if you're creating a new lawn care routine or if you don't want to spend a lot of time treating your lawn. Slow-release fertilizing mixes can be applied every six to eight weeks rather than every four weeks.


Watering Your Grass

Just like humans, your yard needs the appropriate amount of water to stay healthy. However, it is possible to use too much water in your yard, especially if you are more conservative with your fertilizer. Water makes grass grow, so when you increase the amount of water in your lawn care routine, you will also need to increase the amount of fertilizer. Don't forget to take rain into account as well!


Let Your Grass Grow! 

If you're looking for the perfect lawn care routine, remember to take timing, concentration, and your watering schedule into consideration. With the right nutrients and a little dedication, you'll have the best-looking yard on the block in no time. For more help creating the yard of your dreams, check out our lawn care blog!


5 Responses


April 16, 2020

I live in Altoona, Wisconsin so what would I use for fertilizer here?

Simple Lawn Solutions
Simple Lawn Solutions

April 15, 2020

Hello Charmaine, please email us at hello@simplelawnsolutions.com for a more custom recommendation for your newly installed sod.

Charmaine Repass
Charmaine Repass

April 15, 2020

Hello – we reside on the Space Coast in Florida – East Coast. We had Zoysia Pallisaides Sod installed last August – what is the best fertilizer I should use? Thank you so much (we were not given any “info” when Sod was installed

Simple Lawn Solutions
Simple Lawn Solutions

April 10, 2020

Hello Paul, thanks for your comment. We hope you enjoy the box and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at hello@simplelawnsolutions.com : )

paul s bates
paul s bates

April 10, 2020

looking forward to using your bundle box for the first time i live in so cal upland re seeded front and back with cgi tall fescue thanks ryan

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Lawn Care Blog

vegetable garden
Micronutrients for Your Vegetable Garden

There are many vegetable garden nutrients and supplements to make your garden a success. Be sure to procure your garden fertilizers and composts through a verifiable quality purveyor. The quality of your micronutrients will make all the difference in your vegetable garden and will not only make your vegetables the star of your dinner table but the talk of your whole neighborhood!

Read More

Woman gardening
Gardening Tips: Why Your Garden Needs Nitrogen

Are you putting work into your garden and not seeing the results? Weak plants may be a sign of a deeper issue with imbalanced soil and garden nutrients. When it comes to helping you grow a healthy, luscious garden, we're digging deep and breaking out all of our gardening tips.

Read More

dandelions in yard
Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Yard Weed-Free

Weed removal is not an easy feat. To make this lawn care task less overwhelming, consider breaking up the areas of your lawn into sections and every week tackling one section at a time. A phased approach will make weed removal more manageable. Later on, we will discuss proper weed removal and disposal to prevent further seeding and spread of grass weeds.

Read More