How do I select the right lawn fertilizer and when do I apply it?

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If you’re looking to grow a lawn that’s the envy of your neighbors, you have to choose the right fertilizer for the right season and the right kind of grass. Here are some tips to do just that.

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If you’re looking to grow a lawn that’s the envy of your neighbors, you have to choose the right fertilizer for the right season and the right kind of grass.For newly seeded lawns, use a starter formula fertilizer for the first application. These specialty fertilizers are made to help the grass roots really take hold in the soil and provide a foundation for a lush, healthy lawn for years to come. Just follow the instructions on the bag to know how often to spread your fertilizer. After you’ve mowed the lawn four times – or about six weeks after you’ve seeded – apply a straight lawn fertilizer every six to eight weeks during the initial growing season.For established lawns, you want to use fertilizers based on the condition of your lawn throughout the season. In the early spring, use a fertilizer with crabgrass preventer. It helps your lawn recover from winter temperatures and helps get your grass greener sooner.In late spring, use a fertilizer with weed control to improve your lawn’s color and density. As spring turns to summer, spread fertilizer with insect control to wipe out grubs, chinch bugs and other lawn insects. Control random weeds throughout the season with a selective liquid lawn weed killer.In late summer or early fall, use a straight lawn fertilizer. Six to eight weeks later, follow up with an application of a straight winter fertilizer or a winter fertilizer with weed control for one last treatment before winter begins.⇥Visit your local Westlake Hardware for recommendations on your particular type of grass during any season. We’re always here to help.

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