Now (mid-April) is a good time for your first fertilizer application of the year. Applying these nutrients now will give your lawn the nutrients it needs to set it up for summer. You can use a broadcast spreader to apply your fertilizer on a freshly mowed lawn and then water it in. If you can time your application just before a rain, that works too!
We have 2 go-to traditional fertilizers we recommend. The slow release coating on these allows the nutrients to release slowly over time to prevent burning and longer lasting results.
- 21-7-14 slow release is recommended for all soils. The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag. This product contains Wolf Trax micronutrients which are dispersable rather than granulated. This means you’ll get more even distribution of the nutrients leading to more consistent results.
- 16-20-00 slow release can be recommended for clay soils. The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag.
Looking for an organic option? The MicroLife Multi-Purpose 6-2-4 is a fantastic, all-purpose fertilizer. It is a proven performer for all turfgrasses, ornamentals, perennials, trees, flowers & vegetables. This formula provides over 100 nutrients, minerals and vitamins. It is 100% slow release and will not burn. For lawns spread 15-20 lbs per 1,000 square feet.
Now is a good time to add mulch to your landscape as well. Not only will it freshen up the look it provides a great weed barrier, allows the soil to soak up more water and reduces water loss from evaporation.