Fertilizing Basics for Central Indiana Lawns

A Quick Guide on Lawn Fertilization

Central Indiana weather can be crazy. Sometimes it seems like we can go through multiple seasons in the span of just a week. This is not only stressful for us, but it can be stressful on plants as well. That’s why it is important to replenish the nutrients our lawns need to help maintain color, density, and vitality in our lawns. When a lawn is healthy it can hold up to the stresses of drought and heat better.

Fertilizer is food for your lawn and is made up of three components: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Fertilizer can be applied in either a quick release (liquid) or a slow-release (granular) application. Because weather can change so dramatically; it is recommended that a slow-release (granular) fertilizer be used in Central Indiana. One of the many benefits of using a slow-release fertilizer is that it is less likely to burn the grass blade even when applied when temperatures get as high as 85°F. Slow-release granular fertilizer is water activated. It has to be watered in by mother nature or manually.

Seasonal Fertilizing

Lawns in Central Indiana need nutrients throughout the year. We are here to help you understand your lawn’s seasonal needs.

Spring

Spring fertilizers help to jump-start the lawn. Like a bear just coming out of hibernation; your lawn is hungry. Lawns need sunlight, water, and food to grow and stay healthy. After a long winter, feeding your lawn will help it green-up and promote recovery from winter damage.

Spring brings rain. Like any growing organism, the more you grow, the more food you need to stay strong and healthy throughout the growth cycle.

Summer

Fertilizer applications indeed need to be adjusted at this time in the season. All living things need to be fed continuously to stay healthy. This includes your lawn. Lawns that aren’t fed during hot dry periods will start to lose density. This will cause thinning in the lawn and make way for competing weeds to take over. Lawns deprived of nutrients are also more susceptible to turf disease.

Fall

As temperatures start to cool, the lawn starts to change how it utilizes the nutrients it receives. While the grass is actively growing the lawn will push all of its nutrients to the blade of the grass. This is why your grass looks so green. However, as the lawn slows down in growth, the root system starts to store nutrients. This is extremely important! The lawn needs even more food to prepare itself for the upcoming winter. The lawn will use this stored food to sustain itself through the winter months and to build up the root system by helping it “harden” the plant.

Winter

In Indiana, we could have fairly warm periods during the winter months.  This causes the lawn to try to come out of dormancy. If your lawn is not properly winterized, this can be problematic. The lawn will start to use its stored nutrients for top-growth instead of maintaining the root system. Indiana can have warmer weather until mid to late-December. It is beneficial to fertilize the lawn one last time in late-November to mid-December. When the temperatures stay warmer later in the fall, the lawn will actively use some of the nutrients instead of storing them for winter. This will help restore any used nutrients to ensure that the lawn has what it needs to sustain itself through the winter months.

Benefits of Fertilization

The most important benefit of applying fertilizer to your lawn is that this will reduce the amount of herbicides and weeds that will grow. Check out Cale Bigelow, Professor of Agronomy in Purdue University’s Turf Science Program, for a healthy lawn with denser turf and greener color.

Leave It To The Pros

Lawn Pride knows Central Indiana lawns. We customize our applications specifically for Indiana weather conditions. Our customized 7-Application Lawn Care Program produces real results by giving your lawn multiple applications of essential treatments from mid-February to mid-December. Multiple applications throughout the season means multiplied success for your lawn.

Click the link to learn more about how Lawn Pride’s 7-Application Lawn Care Program can help you get the most out of your lawn.