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The pros know that having a truly beautiful lawn is a year-round process. Fortunately, Hartville Hardware makes it easy, with this 5-step program to feed a lawn a healthy diet year-round.

Step 1: March 25 April 25

Get your lawn off­ to a healthy start and destroy crabgrass before it has time to take root. This is an essential step in the fertilizing program.

  1. Spread 18-0-4 Fertilizer with Dimension. Apply 4.0 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 12,500 sq ft.
  2. If seeding or overseeding, use 21-22-4 Fertilizer with Mesotrione. Apply 4.3 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 11,600 sq ft.

Step 2: April 25 - June 30

Apply a weed & feed product. Weed & feed products make the grass stronger and healthier, which helps it fight off weeds. Weed & feed products also contain an herbicide that kills broadleaf weeds. Choose ONE of the following.

  1. Spread 18-0-2 Fertilizer with Trimec Broadleaf Herbicide. Apply 4.0 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 12,500 sq ft.
  2. OR
  3. Spread 16-0-9 Fertilizer with Surge Broadleaf Herbicide. Apply 2.5 - 4.0 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 10,000 - 16,000 sq ft.

Step 3: May 15 - July 15

Grubs can decimate a perfect lawn by destroying grass at the root - and since they live underground, you usually don't know you have them until the damage is done. Put down grub preventative fertilizer in early to mid-summer when it will do the most good. Do not apply fertilizer if grass is dormant due to intense heat or drought.

  1. Spread 21-0-4 Fertilizer with Merit Insecticide. Apply at 3.5-4.5 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 11,000 - 14,300 sq ft.
  2. Immediately after applying the fertilizer, water the area with .5" - 1" of water.

Step 4: September 1 - October 15

Your lawn spends the fall recovering from the dry, hot summer, which is why the fall turf feed is the most important feed of the year. Apply a fertilizer that thickens the grass and strengthens the roots. This is an essential step in the fertilizing program.

  1. Spread 29-0-5 25% slow release fertilizer. Apply 3.5 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 14,300 sq ft.

Step 5: October 5 - November 15

If you choose to fertilize in the late fall, a slow-release starter is ideal. Slow-release starters build deeper, healthier roots for 45-60 days so that the lawn will be stronger and more lush in the spring. Starters are a good idea for newer lawns, recently overseeded lawns, and lawns with grub damage.

  1. Hartville Hardware recommends 18-24-12 Slow Release Fertilizer with Nutrilife. Apply 4.0 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Each bag will cover 12,500 sq ft.
  2. To maintain optimal pH levels in the soil, use Pelletized Lawn Lime Granulate (40 lbs covers ~4000 sq ft).

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