Fertilizing

Routine fertilization of your lawn and plant material will help in keeping both looking good for years to come. There are liquid and granular fertilizers. We recommend using a slow release granular fertilizer for it's lasting effects. There are many different companies that produce fertilizer. Any brand name with similar N-P-K (Nitrogen - Phosphate - Potassium) ratio can be used. Fertilizers containing weed control will benefit your lawn areas by limiting the germination of various weed seeds. You should not apply fertilizers containing weed control when you are overseeding lawn areas. Always apply fertilizers at proper rates in accordance with labels on packaging. Lawn fertilizers can be applied with either drop or rotary spreaders. Plant fertilizers can be applied by sprinkling them around the base of the plant with a cup or a small container. Turf Cool season grasses (Fescue) Early March - 13-3-7 with weed control* Early May - 13-3-7 with weed control* Late September / early October - Aerate, overseed and fertilize with 18-24-12 (starter fertilizer) Late November / early December - 32-3-6 (winterizer to promote root growth) * Do not use weed control if you are overseeding in the Spring Warm season grasses (Bermuda, Zoyzia, Centipede**) March - 16-4-8 with weed control Late May - 16-4-8 with weed control June - 32-3-5 Late August / early September - 21-3-8 with weed control **Centipede is a low maintenance turf that requires less nitrogen content. Your spreading rates should be reduced when fertilizing. Plant material Most plant material is going to require a fertilizer with a fairly equal N-P-K ratio. A 10-10-10 or a 14-14-14 fertilizer is routinely used. There are fertilizers for specific plant material such as annuals, Roses, Camellia and Holly, but any general Landscape and Ornamental fertilizer will provide the necessary nutrients for your landscape. Plant material should be fertilized in early spring (before the flush of new growth) and again in late fall.