Fertilization is essential for maintaining a healthy lawn in Kansas, and it's best to treat it with fertilizer twice during the spring: once in early spring and again in late spring. Fertilizing in early spring helps the grass recover from winter dormancy and replenishes its nutrient supply after being deprived of resources. This will promote faster green-up and help you achieve a beautiful, vibrant lawn sooner. Meanwhile, the late spring treatment will gear it up in preparation for the summer.

When fertilizing your lawn, it's important to also use weed control to prevent weeds from taking resources. Use pre-emergent weed control in early spring to stop newly germinated weeds from sprouting, and use post-emergent weed control in late spring to target existing weed growth.

You should apply one spring fertilizer treatment at the beginning of the season.

Two lawn care employees spreading fertilizer on a lawn in Overland Park, KS.

The first treatment of spring fertilizer should be applied in early spring. This time of year is when the temperatures start to rise, signaling that it's time for your grass to come out of winter dormancy. However, it'll likely have depleted all of its nutrients over the course of the colder months, so it needs an influx of nourishment to prepare for the upcoming growing season. That's where early spring fertilizer comes in! A fertilizer application in early spring will replenish what was lost due to wintertime stress, providing your lawn with much-needed nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This replenishment will also encourage healthy root development and promote new, verdant grass growth.

Lawn fertilizer contains essential macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

You should apply another spring fertilizer treatment toward the end of the season.

As your grass grows vigorously in the spring, it will use up the initial nutrients from the first fertilizer treatment quickly. Providing an additional application at the end of the season will help replenish these nutrients before they are depleted, setting your lawn up for success as it heads into the hotter summer months. With an influx of essential nutrients, your lawn has everything it needs to face challenges like hot weather, drought, and foot traffic during the summer. That way, it stays green and healthy even during this taxing season.

Pair Spring Fertilization with Weed Control Treatments

If you want to get the most out of spring fertilizer, then pairing it with weed control is crucial. Weeds steal space, sunlight, water, and nutrients from your grass, hindering its ability to absorb the things it needs to flourish. Without competition from weeds, your lawn can maximize the fertilizer treatments and reap all the benefits. To combat weeds, you'll want to utilize both pre- and post-emergent weed control treatments in the spring.

  • Pre-emergent weed control: This treatment prevents newly germinated weeds from breaking through the soil surface and causing problems in the first place. Applying pre-emergent weed control in early spring will help keep weeds off your lawn during the growing season.
  • Post-emergent weed control: In late spring, you can apply post-emergent weed control to address any weeds that have sprouted on your turf despite the initial barrier because they already passed a certain point in their growth cycle, rendering the pre-emergent treatment ineffective.

Call us today to sign up for our lawn fertilization service!

Your lawn won't take care of itself for you, but we will! At Lawn and Landscape Solutions, we offer a 7-round fertilization service, which also includes weed control and grub control! This program begins in early spring and lasts until late fall, and we'll apply two fertilizer treatments in the spring to set it up for success. Since 2001, our team has been dedicated to cultivating our lawn care expertise, and with our dedication to our customers, we'll leave you happy that you partnered with us year after year.

We provide this service to homeowners in Overland Park, KS, and other nearby locations, such as Leawood and Mission Hills. Our service is also available to select locations in Missouri. Call (913) 238-9318 to sign up for our fertilization program today!