When should I fertilize?
When you receive grass from All Natural Stone & Grass it is pre fertilized, meaning, you do NOT need to fertilize for at least the first 4 weeks. You can add a root stimulator if you desire.
The best time to fertilize a Southern lawn is just after Spring green-up and stops about two months before the average frost date in the fall. Frequency of fertilizer applications depends primarily on the amount and form of nitrogen used. The slow-release type fertilizers can adequately feed the lawn from 6 to 10 weeks. If the lawn still looks good and is growing well after 6 to 8 weeks, wait longer for the next application.
How much fertilizer should I use?
Fertilizer application rates should be as low as possible and still produce a high quality lawn. Over-fertilization weakens your lawn and causes excess leaf growth. As a general rule, if the amount of Nitrogen (N is the first number in the analysis) is between 5 and 12, the application rate should be 8 pounds per 1,000 square feet. If the N number is between 12 and 18, the application rate should be 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Any N number over 19 should be applied at a rate of 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Always follow the recommended rate stated on the bag by the manufacturer.
What fertilizer should I use?
Most turf experts recommend that a lawn fertilizer should have at least one-half of its nitrogen in one of the slow-release forms mentioned above. In most cases, warm season grasses will do well when a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ration or N-P-K is used on an established lawn.