Types of Lawn Fertilization

Applying fertilizer on your lawn is a basic lawn care practice in growing and maintaining a healthy lawn. Grass, like any other plant, requires nutrients that give it a lively and a healthy look. For excellent results, it is advisable to first understand the type of lawn you want to fertilize. Ensure that you research nutrient requirements to get the best fertilizer since there are many types of fertilizers available out in the market.


It is advisable to conduct a soil sample analyses in order to determine basic mineral composition of soil and to establish nutrient needs accordingly.

Nitrogen is a critical ingredient for every lawn, and the various types of grass require a varied amount of nitrogen to achieve an epitome growth and performance. A lush and green lawn needs a lot of care like proper mowing, irrigation, and fertilizing.

Below are some of the types of turf fertilization:

Rotary spreader

Rotary Spreader

Use of a Broadcast or a Rotary Spreader

These two types of spreaders are the perfect, especially when fertilizing a large lawn. Carefully close the hopper before filling it. It is recommendable to fill it on a tarp to save you time in gathering the spilled fertilizer. First, evenly apply the fertilizer throughout the lawn’s perimeter. Start moving back and forth across the lawn in a logical pattern. Overlap the application strips moderately to make sure that you entirely cover the turf with fertilizer.

drop spreader

Drop Spreader

Use of a Drop Spreader

A drop spreader is fruitful in ensuring that there is a controlled fertilizer distribution. Slightly overlap on each pass for adequate coverage. A rule of thumb is to run fertilization spreader wheels on the same paths with returning passes. Carefully close the hopper whenever you get to the end of every pass. Acquiring a drop spreader particularly for a suburban-size lawn is a worthy investment. In a case where fertilizer accidentally spills over your lawn, just gather what you can and use a stiff broom to spread the remaining fertilizer. Water the lawn well-ensuring water gets in and repeat this over and over for some days. Watering helps the nitrogen’s to penetrate through the soil and also driving nitrogen out of the root zone of the lawn.

Handheld Broadcast Spreader

Use of a Handheld Broadcast Spreader

Using a handheld broadcast spreader to fertilize a small lawn yields quality results. All you need is to walk precisely and slowly while overlapping the distribution patterns. This unique spreader guarantees spotless results if a part of your lawn is shady because it requires a slightly higher and more frequent fertilizer rate compared to the sunny areas.

automatic Spreader

Handheld Calibrated or a Battery-Powered Spreader


Use of a Handheld, a Calibrated or a Battery-Powered Spreader

A pre-calibrated or a handheld spreader is a viable fertilizing method in applying a cinch for a small-scale yard. You merely flip a switch and move around as you fertilize your lawn. This method of fertilization works well on small yards. The method is also useful in fertilizing areas with objects. It can effectively fertilize areas that a conventional walk behind spreader cannot reach, like on slopes.

The climate and the amount of sunlight the lawn receives are also elemental in determining the nutrients requirement. For instance, Kikuyu is the most pre-eminent warm season grass. Other warm season grasses include Buffalo lawn, Cynodon spp., and LM lawn. These grasses thrive well in sunny areas since they are more tolerant of traffic.

On the other hand, cool-season grasses like Africa Lawns ‘Corporate Green’ can survive extremely cold temperatures, provided it was fertilized during autumn going into winter. Should one skip this fertilization frequency, Corporate Green might have brown tips during the cold spells of winter.

Cool season grasses are sensitive to excessive traffic and require some interseeding frequencies after stress periods in order to improve turf stand. Fertilizing during Spring and autumn is essential, but you should not use a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content. Excessive nitrogen means high growth rate leading to unnecessary extra mowing. Moreover, too much nitrogen during the summer season increases the lawns metabolism and makes the leaves grow faster, which lower stress levels and disease tolerance.

Africa Lawns provides a wide range of products and services in order to assist you in achieving your dream lawn, well-manicured. So, do not hesitate in contacting us for technical advice or additional/added? services.