Watering your lawn in spring weather is something you must take seriously during the lawn care cycle. After the stagnancy that comes with the winter season, it’s imperative that you wake up your grass and get it prepared for the new grass-growing season. Watering and fertilization are two tips you must take seriously at this time.
First, your lawn grass will likely be in need of deep-soaking moisture to further thaw the cold freeze of winter. Secondly, nutrient additives will replenish the starved earth of rich, organic materials expended during the winter months. While it’s great to leave everything to your affordable lawn care service, you might want to learn a few things yourself.
In this post, we have discussed how to water and fertilize your grass in spring weather. If done properly, you will enjoy the peace of mind that comes with owning a beautiful, green lawn in your neighborhood.
1.) Spread fertilizer on the lawn with either a rotary or broadcast spreader
Pick a recommended fertilizer type proven to be effective on your lawn grass. Rather than use a hand trowel or some other manual item, use a rotary or broadcast spreader to evenly spread out your fertilizer on your lawn surface. Start from the edges of your lawn and gradually move into your lawn properly with a to and fro directional motion. Ensure that the fertilizer gets across every surface inch of the lawn. Most lawn care services in Austin have this tool so ask for an inspection and possibly a fertilizer treatment if your lawn looks a little bit off.
2.) Spread fertilizer with a drop spreader as an alternative option
If you would prefer a more controlled approach to spreading fertilizers on your lawn, the Drop spreader will help you maintain controlled fertilizer dissemination. Unfortunately, these beauties don’t come cheap so you’ll have to be up to the task of buying one or simply hire a lawn care company that offers this service. When applying the fertilizer, ensure that you do it in an over-lapping motion so as to cover every exposed inch of the lawn grass. An evenly-spread fertilizer means your grass doesn’t get burnt from over-concentration of nutrients.
3.) Give a handheld broadcast spreader a chance if you own a small lawn
For small lawn yard owners, you may find buying a rotary spreader or drop spreader to be more expensive than you would like. The answer then is to use a handheld broadcast spreader to apply your fertilizers. Start by filling your spreader with the required amount of fertilizer, and then walk slowly and evenly on your lawn in an overlapping pattern, distributing the fertilizer as you move. This is very effective for small property owners who want lawns.
4.) Give grass clippings a chance
We also advise giving grass clippings a chance to organically feed your lawn. To do this, simply leave grass clippings on your lawn surface after mowing. The enrichment process that occurs is natural and improves the water-retaining capacity of your soil and nourishes the grasses too. Studies have shown that grass clippings can add as much as 25% of the lawn’s fertilizer needs. That’s a whole lot of natural nourishment for your lawn to benefit from. You can start this process by ensuring that a mulching mower is used when your lawn service company handles your lawn.
5.) Introduce water to the fertilizer
After applying fertilizer to your soil, the next best thing to do is to water it. What this does is that it helps your lawn absorb the fertilizer better and pass it through the earth. It’s always advisable to allow rain to do the work but in the absence of it, consider using a sprinkler irrigation system. Your lawn maintenance service can help administer this service professionally.
For fertilizers with a weed killer compound, avoid watering until 24 hours have elapsed from the time of application. Ensure that every inch of the lawn surface is evenly watered down. If heavy, torrential rains are expected in the area, do not apply fertilizers because it will likely be washed away into nearby water bodies leading to water pollution.
6.) Considering applying weed-killing fertilizers and watering it down
This practice if done right will save you a lot of lawn care headaches. Certain fertilizer types are known to contain weed-killing herbicides that take out weeds. If you plan to use this fertilizer type, you must first water the lawn before applying the fertilizer. The reason for this is simple – the fertilizer needs to be absorbed by the grasses for it to be effective. When applied to wet grass, the fertilizer particles will find it easier to stick and get absorbed into it. If heavy rain is expected in the area, avoid any application of this fertilizer type or any fertilizer for that matter because it will likely be washed away.