As part of a typical seeded lawn installation, Rice's includes an overseeding and fertilizing within four to six weeks of installation. Additional fertilizing should be done every six to eight weeks during the first growing season with an all-purpose lawn fertilizer. Avoid using a weed-and-feed until after the sixth mowing.
- Crabgrass preventer (unless you intend to overseed your lawn).
Summer though fall:
- Slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer* with a post-emergent weed killer every 90 to 120 days.
Plan to apply your fertilizer the day before the forecast calls for steady rain. Otherwise, you'll need to water the lawn immediately after the fertilizer application (unless it's a weed-and-feed; see the package for instructions). This helps dissolve and dilute the fertilizer and prevents it from burning the lawn. Follow the directions on the fertilizer bag and familiarize yourself with your spreader for best results.
*Do not use a heavy nitrogen fertilizer during periods of extreme heat and avoid spreading at a full rate during stress conditions (such as drought). Too much fertilizer will cause your lawn to burn out.
Trees & Shrubs
Trees and shrubs should receive fertilizer during times of active root growth and adequate soil moisture, typically starting in early spring. Don't apply fertilizer during times of drought as plants will be unable to absorb the nutrients. Do not over-fertilize. Follow the fertilizer manufacturer's instructions. For shade, ornamental and evergreen trees, fertilize in the early spring after the soil thaws but before growth begins. For acid-loving rhododendrons, azaleas and holly, apply an acidifying fertilizer for optimal blooming and color. For non-acid loving plants, use a fertilizer made specifically for more alkaline plants.
Fertilize newly installed perennials and groundcovers once during the growing season. You can find a good all-around flower or garden fertilizer at your local retail store. For established perennials and groundcovers, Rice's recommends the following fertilization schedule:
- 1st Application: Early spring while plants are dormant
- 2nd Application: Six weeks after the first application
- 3rd Application: Mid- to late-summer
For the best results, fertilize before plants begin showing signs of nutrient deficiencies such as poor growth or yellowing leaves, even if sufficient watering is taking place.
Annuals need fed regularly during their short growing season. Local retail stores sell granular or liquid fertilizers to encourage good reblooming and growth.
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