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Granule Fertilizing Do’s and Don’ts

August 29, 2018 | Categories: ,
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Are you a pro at spreading fertilizer? Check your knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of granule fertilizer applications.

Granule Fertilizing Do’s:

  • Do read fertilizer labels.
  • Do calibrate your spreader.
  • Do use a hand-held spreader for lawns less than 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Do use a drop spreader for lawns with lots of landscape beds or tight turns.
  • Do use a broadcast spreader for medium to large lawns without tight turns.
  • Do water the lawn 1-2 days before the application.
  • Do fertilize the perimeter of the lawn first.
  • Do spread fertilizer by walking back and forth in straight lines, slightly overlapping with each pass.
  • Do turn off spreader when turning or stopping, excessive fertilizer could damage the turf.
  • Do fertilize after aeration.
  • Do store leftover fertilizer in a cool, dry place for later use.

Granule Fertilizing Don’ts:

  • Don’t fill a spreader with fertilizer on the turf.
  • Don’t leave fertilizer granules on sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
  • Don’t fertilize during a drought.
  • Don’t fertilize a brown or withered lawn.
  • Don’t fertilize before a downpour.