We all want a healthy green lawn that makes your home and property look great.
You don’t want to be “that house” with the patchy spots, tall weeds and brown patches of grass. No thank you.
So when is the best time to fertilize your lawn so you get that thick, lush, green grass?
Start with fertilization in the fall
Many people don’t know this, but the best time to start your lawn fertilization is in autumn before your grass has gone dormant for the winter.
The cool weather grasses that thrive in the northern Illinois grow very well during the cooler months of fall and spring. In the
In the fall, your grass is pulling in as many nutrients as it can in order to prepare for the cold winter and spring. By fertilizing in the fall, you allow your grass to soak in nutrients it will need in the winter and to come back to life again in the spring.
You can also combine your fall fertilization with aeration and overseeding for even better results.
Related: Why is aeration in the fall better than spring?
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Fertilization in the spring
If you didn’t fertilize in the fall, then it’s not too late yet.
Fall may be ideal for a round of fertilization but that doesn’t mean that your lawn won’t still benefit from a fall fertilization. In fact, it probably really needs it because it will have used up all its stores of nutrients.
You will want to fertilize but it’s not actually the first step in your spring lawn care program.
Spring yard cleanup
Begin your early spring lawn care with a good spring cleaning of your yard. Pick up all the sticks and debris that might be on your lawn. Set up your hoses and sprinklers and rake out your mulch. Test your lawn to see if it needs dethatching.
After you’ve tidied up the yard, apply a high nitrogen, slow release fertilizer in order to promote growth, color, and overall good health. (This is included in Green T Round 1 lawn care program)
Make sure you use the proper amount of fertilizer in the spring. You may assume it needs a heavy fertilization so early in the year, but the truth is if you over-fertilize it, you’re wasting money because the excess is going to wash away in the rain. This can actually be a huge problem for the environment.
For cool weather grasses in Northern Illinois, use 1 pound of lawn fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of grass.
Related: Lawn care schedule for northern Illinois
The fall may be the best time of year to fertilize your lawn, but if you didn’t do that, then fertilize in the spring.
Spring weed control
Spring is also the best time of year to do a pre-emergent weed killer. For common problem weeds such as crabgrass, spring is the time to work on weed control.
Crabgrass spreads from seed, so by applying a weed killer in the spring, you can attack the weeds before they become a problem in the summer.
Good luck and here’s to a green lawn!