Spring Grass Fertilizer Instructions


Applying fertilizer to your lawn will aid in providing the necessary nutrients to provide a lush green appearance all summer long. This combined with regular watering will lend the soil the support it needs to promote a healthy lawn base and great looking grass. Spring fertilizer is essential after a long winter of less than perfect conditions. Performing maintenance I the spring will bring a summer full of outdoor fun.

Step 1

Choose a fertilizer with a nutrient ratio of 10-6-4 (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) for spring fertilizing, advises Ohio State University Extension. Purchase fertilizer with a pre-emergence weed control product included to reduce weeds while applying the first feeding of the year. Five pounds of fertilizer is needed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Step 2

Pour dry fertilizer into a walk-behind spreader. Open the controls to a quarter open. Walk in paths across the lawn until the entire area has been fertilized.

Step 3

Water the lawn, soaking until the soil is moist. Fertilizer will degrade with water, seeping into the soil.

Step 4

Continue to water weekly or more often to keep the soil moist during the spring. Increase water frequency and apply a summer fertilizer in the early summer months to prepare the lawn for the dry and hot weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Walk-behind spreader
  • Hose


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