Taking care of the lawn is very important to enjoy its evergreen beauty. If you are new in the field, then you might be striving for optimal conditions. Or if you are old in this field and didn’t know before about fertilizing strategies, then my friend, it’s never too late. This article will help you learn a lot about the best time to fertilize your lawn.
There can be two decisive timings; before rain or after rain. Both of them can have their pros and cons. So, let’s discuss them to compare and find out the best time.
What is the purpose of a fertilizer?
Before jumping into the discussion, let’s get some concepts cleared!
Fertilizer may be a natural or an artificially made compound that has certain constituents inside it that help in boosting up the plant production rate.
Just like we eat to have nutrition, fertilizer contains multiple components inside that act as nutrients for plants and grass.
But those components can also have adverse effects on the environment at the same time. So, the proper usage of them is important.
Because they may contaminate groundwater as well as the environment.
Fertilizing the Lawn Before Rain
Fertilizing your lawn before rain means that maybe you know the time when it is going to rain, and you fertilize your lawn thinking that it might turn out well. Or you can mistakenly fertilize it, and the rain comes in. So, let’s have a look at the pros and cons.
Fertilizing the Lawn After Rain
Fertilizing the lawn after the rain may also have its pros and cons. It might happen to you that you saw the rain stopped, and now you are thinking that fertilizing will boost up the process. Let’s find out in pros and cons more clearly, whether your lawn needs fertilizer after rain or not.
But remember to let the blades of the grass get completely dry before fertilizing for better results.
The proper fertilizing lies in spreading a uniform sprinkling all over your lawn so that your lawn’s soil absorbs the fertilizer properly.
The Best Time to Fertilize Your Lawn
Now that we have seen the pros and cons related to both the options. It is totally up to our priority to choose the time.
But, keeping in mind environmental safety, I would say that your utmost priority should be the environment. Because if there is no proper environment for you, a good lawn is of no purpose.
Keeping that in mind, the best time is to fertilize your lawn after the rain because it will keep the fertilizer from washing away and causing contamination as well. You should use best quality spreader to fertilize.
But, if you have seen the weather forecast and the chances are of drizzling or mild rain, you can also fertilize before raining to achieve those advantages. Because a light rain will cause no washing away and it will also help in boosting the process with the help of natural nitrogen supply.
Some General Tips for Your Lawn
Now that I have told you about the best timings, let’s have a look at some relevant and general tips for the health of your lawn:
How to Water in Fertilizer
There are alternatives as well to achieve good fertilization. Especially in those scenarios, the effects on the environment can be prevented. The alternative that I am going to mention here is the catch-can test. So, let’s discuss that test and learn about it:
This test helps us know that how long we need to turn on the irrigation for the effective watering of fertilizer. Simply, it means that how much water your lawn is receiving.
- For this, take several empty tuna cans and place them around the lawn.
- When you start watering, note down that how long does it take to fill ¼ inch of the can.
- Keep in mind that this much water is sufficient for the lawn to absorb all the nutrients. So, you have to water this much.
- Keep in mind that watering below this level will be insufficient, while above this level may turn out to be over the limit.
So, this is an effective strategy first to fertilize your lawn and then water the lawn to make sure that lawn soil is absorbing all the necessary nutrients or not.
So, from understanding fertilizer to knowing the efficient ways to fertilize, I have mentioned all the necessary details that will help you improve your lawn’s beauty.
Remember the purpose of the fertilizer, the effect of fertilizer on the environment if not properly used, and the efficient ways of applying it.
In this way, the soil will actively absorb the nutrients, and the grass will grow very well to give you the green color that you dreamt of.
So, hard work pays off in the end. If you put in the effort, you will achieve great results. Have a wonderful day!
Hi guys! My name is Don and I have been taking care of many lawns across the country for more than 5 years now. Before I hit the road myself, I worked at a lawn care service company where I mastered handling different lawn tools as well. Now, don’t fall back right away even if you are not a lawn guru or a pro. I will be right here – at your service 24/7 to teach you everything about lawn care. Stay tuned for the updates if your goal is to enjoy luscious, deep green grass in your backyard almost all year round. Oh, you can find me on Twitter as well! Happy reading!