Applying Fertilizer

Fertilizer. The thing that helps your lawn grow and stay green is also the thing that can hurt your lawn if applied incorrectly, at the wrong time, or in the wrong amount.

Tyler’s Pool & Home Care offers both a 3-step & 6-step fertilizer lawn care service. Both plans apply nutrients to the soil and prevent weed growth, but the 6-step plans goes further to prevent pests, like grubs, and also provides some additional nutrients.

The trick to fertilizer is to know what you're putting down, how much to apply, and when to apply it.

Know the numbers. Each bag of fertilizer is marked with 3 numbers (X-Y-Z), which represent nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. For example, a bag marked 5-1-15, will have 5% nitrogen, 10% phosphate, and 15% potassium.

How much to apply? Just because the bag contains 25 or 50 lbs of fertilizer doesn't mean you need to apply the whole bag. Different fertilizers require different amounts to be spread, which means you need to know the square footage of your lawn. Simply walk off your lawn in steps, and measure how many square feet you have. A 5,000 square foot lawn will use much less fertilizer than a 10,000 sq. ft. lawn. Knowing the size of your lawn is very important before applying fertilizer.

How often? We recommend 4-5 fertilizer treatments per year. Now this is a general number. If your lawn is in good shape and looks green and healthy, you probably don’t need to overdo it on the fertilizer. But if you lawn is looking bare or has brown areas, you may need some additional treatments.

Start with one treatment in the spring when the ground temperature reaches about 50 degrees, and add another treatment about 6-8 weeks after that. Your lawn will let you know if you need to add more or less depending on how it's looking at that point.

Don’t forget to water. Rain isn't always enough, and even when we do get rain, if it's falling in the afternoon when it's 95 degrees outside, it's not doing much for your grass. Make sure to get plenty of water on your grass within 24 hours of fertilizing. This will help the soil absorb the nutrients. Keep in mind that you aren't fertilizing the grass; you're fertilizing the soil. And without water, that soil will be just as dry as ever.

Use a broom or blower. After applying your fertilizer, use a broom or gas-powered blower to remove any excess fertilizer pellets from your driveway and sidewalks. Once these pellets get wet, they will often leave a stain on your concrete surfaces. Plus, by blowing or sweeping the extra pellets back into the grass, you give it extra nutrients.

Happy growing!

Tyler’s Pool and Home Care provides professional lawn care, pool care, and snow removal services for Omaha-area homes and businesses. Contact us today at 402-590-6860 or

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