Fertilizing your lawn is an important step in keeping it healthy. Nitrogen is the main nutrient that your lawn needs to stay green and lush. Fertilizing at the proper time with the right kind of fertilizer helps your lawn survive extreme heat and cold temperatures and resist pests and disease.
Slow-Release Chemical Fertilizers
Slow-release chemical fertilizers are concentrated fertilizers that are easy to apply. They won't green up your lawn immediately, but they offer uniform grass growth and won't burn your lawn if you apply too much. However, you'll find that they cost more than fast-release fertilizers.
If you are looking for immediate results, fast-release fertilizers may be for you. Fast-releases fertilizers are easy to apply and inexpensive. You must apply them carefully, though. If you put down too much or apply it to a wet lawn during hot weather, you might damage your lawn by burning the grass. You'll also have to apply these fertilizers more frequently, because the lawn uses their nutrients quickly.
Natural, organic fertilizers are becoming a popular choice for many gardeners. They contain small amounts of slow-releasing nutrients and are safer for the environment, but you'll probably pay more for them. Types of organic fertilizers include manure and compost. You'll also find many companies that make organic fertilizers formulated for lawns. Organic fertilizers won't have quick results but in the long run you'll have a healthy lawn without using lots of chemicals. They work best along with other organic practices, like leaving grass clippings on the lawn and leaving your grass a little longer when mowing.
Weed and Feed Fertilizers
You can also buy a fertilizer that contains weed control. These fertilizers combine the nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn with an herbicide designed to either prevent weeds from germinating or to kill those that are already growing in your lawn. Apply these in the spring for the best results.