When and How Often to Fertilize?

fertilizing the lawnThe best time to fertilize depends on the type of grass in your lawn, the appearance (color, density, uniformity) you want for your lawn, and the region where you live.Some grass species do well with only low to often require moderate to high levels for acceptable quality.

Texas lawns usually need a low rate of nitrogen applied once in the spring and, if needed, once again in the fall no later than 6 weeks before the expected first frost. It’s best to split the fertilizer into two smaller applications rather than make one heavy application.
If your lawn management level is moderate or high, you will probably need to make additional
nitrogen applications each year. Table 3 lists the recommendations for the number and timing of
nitrogen applications for different lawn management levels.

It is best to fertilize grass when it is actively growing and able to take up the fertilizer. The
growing season is usually the period between the last spring frost date and first autumn frost date. Longer growing seasons may need more nitrogen fertilizer each year to sustain lawn quality. The average length of the growing season in Texas
varies by climatic region:

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