How to Save an Over Fertilized Lawn

It seems like a no-brainer: in order to have a great looking lawn, you must use fertilizer. If the lawn still doesn’t grow like you want it to, you might use more and more fertilizer, confident in the knowledge that all of that plant food will make your grass thick and lush. But then the opposite happens: instead of having thick, healthy green grass, you have sparse, weak grass – or even worse – a dead spot, right in the middle of your yard. What gives?

The truth is that you probably over-fertilized your lawn. When it comes to using lawn fertilizer, there can certainly be too much of a good thing. But what can you do after the damage has already been done? Thankfully, there are a few solutions to saving a lawn that is covered in excess fertilizer.

Water. Giving the lawn extra water is the first step to saving it from the fertilizer. If this is done quickly enough, it will wash away all of the salts that are in the fertilizer before they get a chance to soak into the roots. Doing this every day for a week will provide the best results.

Rake. Raking out the excess fertilizer is another great way to prevent damage. If it’s not physically present in the grass, it can’t hurt your lawn. This can be quite time consuming, but sometimes it is the only way to be certain that your lawn won’t be damaged.

Mow. Mowing the lawn shortly after applying the fertilizer will destroy much of the fertilizer that was dumped on the grass, and it will also encourage the grass to grow faster, using up most of the excess fertilizer.

Reseed. No matter what kind of precautions you take, you’ll still probably end up with some dead spots in your lawn. If that’s the case, you’ll need to dig up any dead grass and reseed the area. Sod is a good option for this, as it will blend in with the rest of the lawn very quickly. With seed, you may have to wait a few months.

How to Avoid Over Fertilizing Your Lawn

Over fertilizing your lawn is a common problem, but it can be avoided with a little education and preparation.

First, you should know the type of grass you have. Kentucky bluegrass will require a different amount of fertilizer than a tall fescue. Research your grass and any other plants you have and become familiar with the needs of each one.

Second, you should research all the types of fertilizer available. Most are a combination of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, but each one will have a different mixture of these. Pay attention to which ones work best for your specific type of grass.

Third, pay attention to the condition of your grass. If it already appears healthy, it probably doesn’t need any extra fertilizer. Additionally, you should not fertilize if you have done so recently and the grass still appears healthy. Any extra will at best waste money and at worse could harm your lawn.

Finally, you should read the instructions. Knowing how to use it, how to apply it, and when it is best to use are important steps to make sure you get the most growth possible without damaging your landscaping.  Call Gold Star Landscaping today if you would like a free consult on this and much more!