It’s Getting Warmer, But It’s Not Time To Fertilize The Lawn Yet

March 14, 2020

Days may be getting warmer, but that does not mean your lawn is ready for nitrogen fertilizer, according to the Escambia County Extension.

Roots are not growing well enough to absorb the fertilizer until much later in the spring. Research found that nitrogen fertilizer applied to turf before mid April was lost though the soil, eventually making its way into local bodies of water.

“Work on other parts of your landscape but wait to apply fertilizer until at least mid April or early May. You are not getting a jump on a healthy lawn by fertilizing now,” the Extension Service said.


16 Responses to “It’s Getting Warmer, But It’s Not Time To Fertilize The Lawn Yet”

  1. Ruben Garvin on April 29th, 2020 8:06 am

    Can I add lime and fertilizer at the same time on my lawn?

  2. Estrella Nueva on March 20th, 2020 6:03 pm

    Very helpful. Just had some centipede put down and was to water twice a day. I see new green springing up and it has only been a week. Would not want to ruin it with chemicals.

  3. David Huie Green on March 16th, 2020 12:01 pm

    It’s never time to fertilize my lawn…it just encourages grass growth.

    David for better sheep and goats

  4. David Sofia on March 15th, 2020 4:14 pm

    Should I weed and feed my lawn at the same time or do I kill the weeds fots

  5. David Sofia on March 15th, 2020 4:12 pm

    Should I kill the weeds than fertilize or both at the second time.Lake Placid ,Fl.

  6. Gabe on March 15th, 2020 3:03 pm


  7. d Verner on March 15th, 2020 2:18 pm

    I have oak trees. What fertilizer should I use. I can grow winter rye, will regular rye grow?

  8. EKash on March 14th, 2020 8:24 pm

    Wait for the Forsythia to bloom. Then the time is right…. Soil temperature.

  9. J on March 14th, 2020 8:22 pm

    Do pre-energent separately. One that has no nitrogen. Preen Crabgrass Control is what i went with this year but there are many options.

    Weed and feed has nitrogen, so no. There are things like weed-b-gone to attack the weeds without nitrogen if need be. But you’d want to plan that in the schedule so you don’t ruin the chance to overseed. Kill weeds late spring, use pre-emergent to stop new weeds, and plan to overseed after the heat of summer allows for it.

  10. William Richter on March 14th, 2020 2:36 pm

    Need information on fertilization of ornamental trees

  11. Roland Stewart on March 14th, 2020 2:27 pm

    I have St. Augustine. I live in Texas. What about weed and feed right now?

  12. M. Hollis on March 14th, 2020 2:12 pm

    Thank you for the information. It is a fact I learned accidentally through starting flower seedlings indoors. Living in temperate climates (warmer) means timing planting times (both indoor and outdoor), watering times (water temperatures included), and fertilizing times. The goal is healthy, hardy plants, including grass. Rushing the process–a temptation as gardening fever takes hold–inhibits the goal. Spring is a week away, so cautions are diminished, particularly in areas with mild winters. It is best, whenever warm weather beckons, to remember your timing and seasons planting and feeding your garden. Winter is dormancy and rest for most living things. Let your yard “cook.”

  13. Fred on March 14th, 2020 1:21 pm

    True about fertilizer but what about pre-emergent?

  14. Patricia Forney-McMillan on March 14th, 2020 11:33 am

    Just in my yard raking and said when should I fertilize. Thank you so much.

  15. tg on March 14th, 2020 8:35 am

    What about weed and feed.?

  16. S Clark on March 14th, 2020 7:29 am

    Thank you.

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