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When to Fertilize Your Lawn in Spring

March 15, 2024
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When to Fertilize Your Lawn in Spring

Spring is the perfect time to fertilize your South Dakota lawn. Doing so helps your grass recover from winter and promotes healthy growth during the growing season. Although our past winter was mild, your lawn likely experienced nutrient depletion in the soil. That means come spring, it's time to fertilize and provide the essential nutrients your lawn needs for healthy, dense, and green growth.

Getting Started

When to Apply Fertilizer to Lawn

What Happens If You Fertilize Too Early in the Spring?

Now, let’s say we get a sudden cold snap following the early spring (which isn’t uncommon in our Midwest region). That means any new growth stimulated by the spring fertilizer is more susceptible to frost damage. A sudden chill will slow down the process of nutrient uptake, which means the fertilizer may not be as effective.

Fertilizing too early in the spring can also encourage weed growth. Weeds tend to grow faster than grass; if the grass is not growing quickly enough, the weeds may take over.

Bottom Line: To avoid damage, wait until the weather is consistently warm before fertilizing your lawn.

Types of Fertilizer

Liquid fertilizer backpack sprayer for your lawn in the Spring.

All-purpose fertilizers

These balanced fertilizers contain equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They’re often used on most plants or in spring to promote healthy growth.

Slow-release fertilizers

As the name suggests, this spring fertilizer releases nutrients slowly over several months. It’s ideal for plants with a longer growing season and ones that need a steady supply of nutrients.

Organic fertilizers

This type of spring fertilizer is made from natural sources such as compost, manure, and bone meal.

Liquid fertilizers

Mixed with water and applied directly to the soil or foliage, this type of fertilizer is fast-acting and can quickly boost nutrients to plants.

Wondering What Fertilizer to Use in Spring?

Our property pros recommend a well-balanced combination of herbicide, fertilization, and micro nutrients, such as iron. If you have questions about how much spring fertilizer to use, you can contact our team to assess your lawn and provide the best recommendation.

Where Can I Buy Spring Fertilizer?

Where Can I Find Lawn Fertilizing Services Near Me?

Professional property care expert fertilizing grass in the Spring.

Although spring is an ideal time for fertilizing, it’s also a busier season for most homeowners. So, if you want to leave the spring fertilizing to the professionals, consider Aspen Ridge Lawn and Landscape's fertilization programs. Our property care experts can help you achieve a lush, healthy lawn with optimal fertilization and care techniques.

About Our Program

We provide a convenient "one-call" service that ensures your lawn receives all the benefits of the fertilization process throughout a nine-month timeframe. Additionally, we offer lawn aeration as an added service, which helps your lawn breathe and promotes healthy and even growth throughout the year.

How It Works

Your lawn will receive the right nutrients and personalized treatment according to the lawn’s species and conditions of the soil.

Step 1

The first step in our program is handled during early spring, typically during March and mid-April. During this time, fertilizer is applied to help the lawn grow back after winter when the ground starts to thaw. The main goal is to help strengthen the lawn so that it stays green and healthy throughout the year. This step also involves preventing crabgrass from sprouting up in your landscape.

Step 2

As spring continues, we’ll apply more fertilizer to help your lawn grow. The fertilizer will also enhance the lawn's color so it stays a beautiful shade of green late into the season. We start cracking down on weed control late into April since plenty of actively growing weeds can start popping up. This includes broadleaf weeds like dandelions can make your lawn unsightly if allowed to grow out of control. Weed controller liquid will be applied to the lawn to kill any troublesome weeds.

Step 3

The heat of the summer can cause your lawn to turn brown and start to die. We apply fertilizer in early June, which will help strengthen the lawn as the temperature increases.

Step 4

After summer, your grass may start to thin and lose its color. This happens because the lawn usually goes dormant when the weather gets hotter. Once September arrives, we’ll apply more fertilizer to the lawn so it can keep growing during the rest of the fall. Doing so will also help the lawn get its color back. Fall is also a natural time for weeds to grow again since they typically germinate during the summer. Any weeds that start sprouting due to this will be properly dealt with at this time.

Step 5

The final step in our program is the most important one, as it involves preparing the lawn for the cold winter months. Lawns are at a high risk during the winter, especially when the snow starts to fall. Starting in November, seasonal fertilizer is applied to the lawn to help the grass develop strong, healthy roots. These well-developed roots will make it much easier for the grass to stay healthy through the rest of winter. In addition, this will make it easier for any lost grass to grow back when spring rolls around again.

Contact Aspen Ridge for Spring Fertilizing

Our spring fertilizer program includes Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. These options allow you to choose the best plan for your lawn care needs and budget. To begin the process, we’ll determine the total square footage of your lawn and discuss any problem areas with you. Then, we’ll send you a proposal and help you get closer to a healthy, green lawn.


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