How to Spread Turf Fertilizer

How to Spread Turf Fertilizer. Putting down fertilizer is a dirty job, but
somebody’s gotta do it if you want to have a lush lawn. You will need A soil test Fertilizer A non-windy
day with no imminent rain forecast Moist soil Familiarity with local fertilizing restrictions
Protective gear Slow-release fertilizer and a fertilizer spreader. Step 1. Test your soil to find out what nutrients
it needs. Garden centers sell do-it-yourself kits, or
you can arrange a test through the Cooperative Extension System, a national agricultural
network. Find a nearby Extension office on the USDA
web site. Step 2. The soil-test report will recommend a fertilizer
grade. Bags are marked with three numbers: for nitrogen,
phosphorus, and potassium. For an eco-friendly fertilizer, no number
should be higher than eight, and the sum of all three shouldn’t exceed 15. Consider using a fertilizer that releases
nitrogen slowly. It costs more, but it’s better for both your
grass _and_ the environment. Step 3. Wait for a day with no wind and no heavy rains
in the forecast to spread your fertilizer. Check with your state’s Department of Agriculture
to find out if your area restricts the amount of fertilizer you can spread at one time. Step 4. Make sure the soil is moist enough to absorb
the fertilizer. If you step on the grass and it stays depressed,
it’s too dry; give it a light watering before proceeding. Step 5. Spread evenly, and use as little as possible
to cover your ground. If you’re doing it by hand, wear gardening
gloves. Start by fertilizing the edges, and then scatter
it over the rest of the lawn twice: first, from east to west and then from north to south. For a large area, use a fertilizer spreader. Wear goggles, a dust mask, long pants, a long-sleeved
shirt, and rubber boots when applying fertilizer. Keep people and pets off the grass for 24
hours afterward. Step 6. Lightly water the lawn after you’ve finished
so that the fertilizer gets pushed down to the roots. Did you know A popular earth-friendly fertilizer
is made from worm poop and sold in recycled plastic soda bottles.

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