Fertilizing Lawn: Do You Know What it Takes?

For so many people, fertilizing your lawn often turns out to be a confusing, frustrating and, ultimately, fruitless effort. There are so many elements to consider—products, timing, technique. For most homeowners, the time and effort fertilizing lawn takes just isn’t something they can commit to.

But here is the hard truth: Your lawn needs to be fertilized. Properly.


You want your lawn to be lush and plush, right? Your home was a big investment, and a patchy, weed-infested yard would really detract from the pride—not to mention monetary value—of your home. Fertilizing your lawn also helps control bugs and grub (grubs are larvae, particularly from beetles and chafers—ew!). Would you want your pet or children rolling around on an unfertilized lawn? We didn’t think so.  

Your grass contends with all sorts of elements: bitter cold and blazing hot weather, weed management products, lawn-dwelling fungus. Give it a fighting chance with professional care.

The Details of Fertilizing

To truly treat your lawn properly, you will need to know what type of fertilizer is best for your lawn and when it should be applied. For starters, there are several different types of fertilizer, including:

  • Organic
  • Slow-release
  • Chemical/synthetic
  • Liquid/water-soluble
  • Seasonal
  • Specialty
  • Weed and feed

Plants also need a mix of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If your lawn is lacking in one or more of these elements, fertilizer can help remedy the balance, ensuring the soil can properly feed the growing grass and plants in your yard.

Additionally, your lawn may require different tactics at different times or for certain ailments. Here are just a few to consider:

Overseeding: While it may sound like a way to get fertilizing wrong, overseeding is actually a fast and inexpensive way to encourage your grass to grow more lush and green. It is a great way to thicken up your lawn without starting from scratch. For homes in Ohio, the fall season is the best time to overseed.

Aeration: When soil becomes too compact, it can wreak havoc on your lawn. To relieve this, aeration perforates the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients (fertilizer) to penetrate the roots of your lawn. This will allow the roots to grow stronger and deeper, keeping your lawn thick and lustrous. Early spring or fall is considered the best time to aerate in Ohio.

Weed control: There is a rhythm to fertilizing a lawn properly, and weed control efforts need to fit into this schedule appropriately. Weed killer should be applied after the lawn has been watered and before fertilizer is applied. On a sunny day. It should be given the opportunity to soak in and dry over several days before rain.

Even if you get the type and breakdown of fertilizer right, applying it in the wrong season or in the wrong weather can essentially render efforts moot. That is why it is important to trust the professionals to determine what, when and how much fertilizer if you want to achieve a lush, plush yard you and your family can enjoy.

Your lawn cannot be a set-it-and-forget item on your to-do list—unless you leave that job to trusted professionals who eat, sleep and breath fertilizing.

Best-In-Class Fertilizing Services from TTR

You have a choice when it comes to hiring a lawn care provider. Here are just a few reasons we have no doubt you will want your provider to be TTR.

  1. We make it easy on you! Your time is valuable. We won’t waste it. We offer mobile alerts so you know exactly when we will be coming, and payments are effortless with email invoices or autopay options.
  2. TTR is the brand you can trust. Our crew shows up in uniform in a clearly labeled truck. No shady business.
  3. We invest in top-of-the-line machinery and training. Our equipment helps us get the job done right, and we don’t leave until your lawn looks pristine.

TTR also has licensed soil testers, so they can determine exactly what your lawn needs. Call TTR or book us online to handle your fertilizing needs.

Fertilizing Soil and Tissue Testing