Fertilize Your Lawn
Posted on April 17, 2015
With warmer temperatures finally here, you may feel the urge to work outside
and maybe even fertilize the lawn. But now is not the time
to fertilize! Too much fertilizer in the spring stimulates leaf growth at the
expense of root growth. Without good roots, the lawn suffers more from
best place to start a lawn fertility program is with a soil test. If you
haven’t had a soil test in three or more years, consider having your soil
tested. Soil test results give you the soil’s pH, a nutritional analysis of
your soil, and fertilizer recommendations for improving your lawn.
UW-Extension Waukesha County offers information on soil testing. See https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/hort/yardandgarden/
Lawns benefit from a regular fertilization program and fertilizing twice a year
is usually adequate. Follow a “holiday” lawn fertilization schedule and
it will make it easy to remember. When fertilizing twice a year,
fertilize in late May (Memorial Day) and early September (Labor
Day). If you prefer to fertilize more frequently, an additional
fertilization treatment can be added in early July (Fourth of July).
the UW-Extension Waukesha County Horticulture Helpline at 262/548-7779. (Hours
are limited in spring and increase in summer.) Or e-mail your questions
Return to Horticulture Homepage
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