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6-step Fertilizer Plan: How Do I Get a Green Lawn?

If you’re looking to achieve a carpet-like lawn, you might be wondering what steps are necessary to get the best results. The truth is, a lush, green lawn doesn’t just happen. And it takes more than just one or two applications of fertilizer to see success.

If you want to have one of the best lawns on the block, you’re going to need to be prepared to put in the work that it will take to achieve the best results. That means there are no cutting corners. Most importantly, it comes down to an effective multi-step program utilizing top-quality products.

A 6-Step Fertilization Program is Key

Although plenty of people attempt to tackle lawn care with an “all-in-one” system, the fact is, there are “programs” for a reason. All-in-one products sound nice for marketing—but they’re honestly no more than advertising noise. A simple weed-and-feed product isn’t going to get you the results you’re after.

You want to implement a program that includes at least five or six steps.

So, what does a complete program entail?

Ideally, you want a lawn care program that includes a combination of fertilization and weed control applied within an optimal timeframe. Your ultimate goal is to prevent weeds while simultaneously feeding the lawn with essential nutrients that it needs to thrive.

To provide an overview, this begins with pre-emergent in step 1.

Next, it moves into fertilizing the lawn during steps 2 through 5 while also killing summer weeds as they appear. This requires a post-emergent, targeted approach.

This concludes with a final round of late-fall fertilization in step 6 (sometimes referred to as “winterization”).

Let’s dig in a little deeper to what weed control and fertilization really mean in a comprehensive program and why they’re so important.

Customized Weed Control

A comprehensive weed control program includes pre-emergent applications to prevent weeds from germinating in the first place.

Despite what certain product manufacturers might have you believe, when it comes to weed control, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This is the biggest downfall of store-bought products from a big box store. There is no one product that can take care of all your needs, regardless of what marketing claims might have you believe.

One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that no two lawns are the same. The weeds that have invaded your lawn could be completely different from the invaders your neighbor is seeing. That means there has to be some element of customization to the program.

In addition to preventative weed control, a comprehensive program is also targeting specific weeds as they appear with post-emergent applications. You might also be working on a lawn that requires specialty products based on hard-to-control weed varieties that may pop up.

Fertilization Throughout the Program

In addition to customized weed controls, the best programs also include ongoing fertilization. This starts with a fertilization application to “wake the lawn” and then moves into feeding the lawn the essential nutrients it needs to continue to perform, even as weather changes. It’s important to continue to feed the lawn throughout the program as its needs change. That means changing up application numbers in order to meet the turf’s varying seasonal needs. You’ll use a lower number to wake the lawn but continue to build that strength as its needed.

A Fertilization Program to Fully Meet your Needs

In the end, it comes down to the right combination of products as well as the support you need to ensure you’re performing proper applications at the right timing. As much as people want an all-in-one solution, you’re never going to get the lawn of your dreams with a program that falls short.

Of course, it’s important to have realistic expectations. It can take about a year for an average lawn to get turned around. If you begin the process expecting overnight results, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment.

Fortunately, you’re not in this alone. We’re here for you and all of your grass growing needs. You can turn to the professionals at Nature’s Mulch for expert guidance every step of the way. With the right program—and the best-possible support—you’ll be on your way to the lawn results you desire.

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