The grass in Sandwich and other Western Massachusetts towns has definitely been showing the effects of the prolonged drought we’re experiencing. When you walk around some yards, you can hear the crispy crunch of brown grass snapping under your feet. With that in mind, we’ve had homeowners asking what they can do now to get their lawns in better shape for next year. One question we’re hearing about is fertilization.
Now, your Sandwich lawn service may already have a fertilizing routine planned out based on their experience with your lawn. While they may adjust it a week or two one way or the other based on local rainfall, the odds are good that your fertilizer application is already timed appropriately. If you’re not regularly fertilizing your lawn, here’s what you want to know:
Time release fertilizer is your friend. One application of fertilizer will nourish your lawn for weeks, even months. Time release fertilizer requires some rainfall or irrigation to work; over a prolonged dry stretch, the time release fertilizer previously applied may still be in place. You don’t want to over fertilize, but if you haven’t been fertilizing your Sandwich lawn, plan on doing so early this fall.
Fall is the best time to fertilize as the grass knows its the time of year to gather as many nutrients as possible, storing them up for the coming winter months. This summer’s drawn deeply on the lawn’s reserves, meaning most area yards are greatly in need of added nutrition. There are many, many different types of fertilizer, so you’ll want to choose one that’s balanced for the type of plants you have in your yard. If you’re not sure what type of plants you have in your yard, talk to your Sandwich lawn service. They can tell you what you’ve got and make personalized recommendations so you fertilize appropriately.