Grass Fertilizer General Information


Fertilizing a lawn is essential to maintaining the health and proper growth of the lawn. Once you understand the basics, the concept of fertilizing grass is very straightforward.


Fertilizer can be purchased as a liquid or in granular form. Granular form is the most commonly used type and also the less expensive of the two forms.


Grass fertilizer is available to work as a slow-release or immediate-release fertilizer. It can also be purchased as either a chemical-based or organic variety.

How to Apply

Fertilizers in a granular form are best applied by using a broadcast spreader. Broadcast spreaders are pushed across a turf and will evenly distribute the material. A bottle of liquid fertilizer is attached to a garden hose and applied by spraying the product.

When to Apply

Most fertilizers should be used at least twice during a growing season. The time it is applied will vary depending upon whether the grass is a cool-season grass or a warm-season grass.

How Long It Lasts

Most fertilizers last approximately three months.


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