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