Best practices for fertilizing

Fertilizing a lawn is very simple. In fact, the average Maryland lawn will take less than 15 minutes. Here’s how to do it like a pro!


Water your lawn. A few days before you feed your lawn, give it a good watering. This will help ensure your soil is ready to accept lawn fertilizer.


Pick the correct spreader for your lawn. Spreaders fall into two main categories: broadcast and drop. If you’re using a broadcast spreader, feed the entire perimeter of your lawn first. Engage the side-shield, which blocks off one side of the spreader to keep the product on the lawn and out of gardening beds and off driveways and sidewalks.



Next, fill in the middle by turning off the side-shield feature and walking back and forth in straight lines. To get even coverage, overlap slightly on each pass by moving over 2 steps before you begin the pass.


When using a drop spreader, start by applying 2 header strips at opposite ends of the lawn to create a turning area. Next, fill in the rest of the lawn by applying the fertilizer back and forth in straight lines perpendicular to your header strips. To ensure you get even coverage, be sure to overlap the wheel tracks by about half a foot (there are arrow marks on the spreader hopper to help you overlap properly).


Adjust spreader settings. Each fertilizer product has a unique spreader setting for the correct coverage. Check the bag to make sure you’re selecting the proper setting for your individual spreader.


Apply grass fertilizer around the perimeter. Feeding around the perimeter first allows you to fertilize the rest of the lawn without worrying about missing any of the edges.


Fill in the middle. You can follow your own mowing pattern, feed your lawn by walking back and forth in straight lines while slightly overlapping with each pass.


Make sure you properly handle any remaining product. Once you’ve finished fertilizing your lawn, return any unused product to the bag and store it for future uses. Be sure to keep it in a cool, dry place away from pets and children. To discuss seeding and more, please contact us at 443-846-0199 or info@rootedinnaturemd.com.

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