When Should You Fertilize Your Lawn In Colorado?

Do you love the look of a bright green lawn all summer long? Well, if you’re reading this in the dead of winter, you’ve got the right idea. It’s never too early to start thinking about fertilizing your lawn here in Greeley. But fertilizing just for the sake of doing so isn’t necessarily a guarantee of achieving that verdant carpet look you want. You have to be strategic about when you fertilize in order to get the best results. So when should you fertilize your lawn in Greeley? Here’s what the specialists at Pribble Lawn have to say.

Creating a Colorado Fertilizing Schedule

We’d love to give you a few exact dates to go out and fertilize your lawn on, but it’s just not that simple. Based on what type of grass you have, as well as how often you mow, and how often you fertilize, you might have to put down more or less fertilizer throughout the year.

Generally, just as there are four distinct seasons here in Colorado, you’ll need to fertilize your lawn four times a year for the best results. That said, some times of the year are more critical for fertilizing than others. Keep this in mind as you determine when to fertilize your lawn this year.

Fertilizing in Spring

Whether you own a home or a business, part of your spring cleaning efforts this year should include fertilizing in early spring, around March or April. When you fertilize early in the season, you offer the roots of the grass the nutrients it needs before the blades begin growing.

But a word of caution. Too much fertilizer now can cause the blades of grass to start growing quickly, faster than the roots can support them. This leads to wilted grass during the warm summer months. With this in mind, if your lawn seems to be growing well on its own, you can go ahead and skip fertilizing during the spring season.

Fertilizing in Early Summer

To make sure your lawn enjoys the changing weather as much as you do, offer it up another round of fertilizer, or add a second helping for the year. You can safely put this down in May or June. Putting fertilizer down now helps prepare your lawn for the warm, dry months that are just around the corner. We like a fertilizer that uses a slow-release nitrogen formula with higher potassium levels.

Fertilizing in Summer

How and when to fertilize in the height of the summer really depends on what type of grass you have. If your Greeley lawn sports warm-season grasses like Blue Grama should be fertilized in July. Warm-season grasses grow the most in mid-summer, and offering them fertilizer helps you capitalize on that growth. Cold season grasses should be fertilized at the end of the summer. These grasses actually slow their growth in the summer, so fertilizing early encourages them to grow too much. Just remember to water your lawn regularly during the summer, otherwise, the fertilizer can lead to dry, crispy grass.

Fertilizing in Fall

Fall in Colorado can either be long, graceful, and beautiful, or brief, snowy, and cold. In either case, it’s important to put down some fertilizer before the winter weather settles in. We suggest putting down fertilizer in October or November. This encourages your grassroots to continue to grow after the blades stop. The added nutrients help them stay healthy even as the temperatures drop. With the right fertilizer, your lawn will be ready to grow strong during the spring.

Greeley’s Go-To Choice for Landscaping and Yard Services

We tried to keep it as simple as we could, but unless you’ve got not one, but two green thumbs like we do, keeping a fertilizing schedule for your yard can be tricky. Lucky for you, we’re here to help! Pribble Lawn has been serving the Greeley community for more than 20 years. In that time, we’ve become the area’s preferred choice for landscape design, installation, and maintenance. Whether you’re totally transforming your outdoor spaces, or just need some new sod put down, we’re here to help.

Reach out to Pribble Lawn today and ask about our comprehensive lawn care services!