The easy way to care for your lawn year after year
- On/ off control accessible from tractor seat for convenience.
- Professional style, easy-set controls for precise application.
- Aluminum beveled gear for durability.
- Rustproof poly hopper and spreader plate increase product life.
- Fast and easy assembly.
* Apply pre-emergent herbicide in early spring.
* Apply a light dressing of low-nitrogen fertilizer in late spring.
* Overseed bare areas if you didn't do this in the spring. Apply seed about a month before first frost.
* Apply a light dressing of fertilizer once in early fall, and again in late fall.
* Apply grub control product in early summer.
* Fertilize and feed if necessary, but do not use these products during dry spells.
* Use the Agri-Fab Spreader to spread salt evenly on walks and drives.
Why, When And How To Fertilize
Fertilizer is designed to feed your lawn with the nutrients it needs for growth, color, root strength and overall health. The active ingredients in lawn fertilizer are Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (N, P, K). Each of these elements has a different, important purpose: Nitrogen for plant growth and healthy foliage; Phosphorus for growth and vitality of the root system; Potassium for strong cells throughout the plant tissue and overall health. When these nutrients are applied properly, your lawn will look great and be more resistant to diseases, pests and weather extremes.
What type of fertilizer should I use?
Fertilizers are available in various formulations, with different ratios of the ingredients mentioned above. Since the ingredients are always listed in the N-P-K order, it’s easy to tell what each formulation will do for your lawn. If you want lush foliage at the top of the plant, choose a formulation with a high N number, such as 12-4-8. To strengthen the root system, choose a formulation with a high P number, such as 5-10-5. A good all-around fertilizer would be 10-10-10. An easy way to remember which number is which is to think “up, down, all around.”
When should I fertilize?
Late summer and early fall are the best times of year to fertilize your lawn.
Some people like to fertilize in the spring to get the lawn off to a healthy start. However, we suggest using caution at the beginning of the growing season because early spring applications of high nitrogen products can cause a growth surge that’s bad for the lawn in spite of the lush-looking results. (During a growth surge, most of the plant’s energy goes to the top of the grass, at the cost of the root system.) If you want to fertilize in the spring, use a low-nitrogen product.
Fertilizing during the summer gives your lawn the strength to thrive during its main growing season. Not only is growth itself demanding on the plant chemistry, but mowing, raking, aerating, etc., all apply added stress to your lawn. A healthy, well-fed lawn will do better with these stresses, as well as with extremes in weather and possible pest damage.
In the fall, fertilizing gives your lawn an extra boost to help it through the winter. This application also provides valuable prep for next spring, helping the grass resume growth and green-up early in the season, without the growth surge discussed above.
How do I apply fertilizer?
A good system is to start at the edges of your lawn first. For a square or rectangular lawn, make two passes at opposite ends of the lawn; for an irregular or circular lawn, make two passes around the perimeter. Then move back and forth in straight lines between the edges, making sure to turn the spreader off when turning around. With a drop spreader, overlap the path of the wheel to avoid striping.
After fertilizing, water the lawn thoroughly but not too heavily. The idea is to wash the nutrients off of the grass leaves and gently into the soil.
How much fertilizer should I use?
Refer to the instruction on your fertilizer bag for application rates, spreader settings and coverage amounts. This varies from product to product, because of the size of granules and the broadcast medium.
How To Measure The Size Of Your Lawn
You’ll need to know the size of your lawn to determine fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide application. It also helps when choosing lawn equipment.
For a rectangular or square lawn, simply multiply the length times the width for total square feet.
If your lawn is a triangle, multiply the length of the base times the height, and divide that number by 2.
If your lawn is circular (or close), measure the distance from the center of the lawn to the edge. This is the radius. Multiply that number by itself (r²), and then multiply by pi (3.14).
If your lawn is irregular, you can either break it up into smaller areas, figure those sizes, then add them up. Or you can estimate using averages. Measure the width of your lawn every 10 feet or so along the length, then calculate the average width. (Add the measurements together and divide the total by the number of measurements you made.) Do this same exercise in the other direction to arrive at an average length. Then multiply your average width by your average length to get a fairly accurate estimate of total square feet.
Convert square footage to acreage by dividing your total area by 43,560, the number of square feet in a single acre.