Fertilizer provides your lawn with essential nutrients that contribute to strong and healthy root systems, as well as lush grass that’s less susceptible to weed infiltration. The nitrogen found in most fertilizers, for instance, promotes growth, while phosphorous nourishes roots and potassium guards against drought and disease. Maintained lawns also produce more oxygen for a greener, healthier planet. To help your lawn look its best, rely on a year-round multi-step fertilization process. Here are the benefits you’ll reap. 

4 Reasons to Implement Multi-Stage Fertilization

1. Root System Fortification After a Long Winter

In the spring, once the soil reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit – prime germination weather – your professional will apply fertilizer. Depending on weather conditions, this is usually in February, March, or early April. Fertilizer helps lawns “wake up” after a harsh winter and fortifies their root systems to prepare for the upcoming growing season. While the exact type of fertilizer used will depend on your grass and soil varieties, spring is usually the time when your lawn expert will rely on nitrogen-rich options that promote growth. They can also use products with pre-emergent properties to limit the spread of weeds. 

2. Healthy Boost During Late Spring

fertilizerLawns need boosts during mid-May or June, since they’re using their wintertime energy reserves to grow thick and vibrant. Fertilization gives your lawn extra nutrients and energy to continue growing healthfully and protect it from harsh summer temperatures. Your lawn helper will typically apply fertilizer lightly at this time to avoid burning the grass blades with a combination of intense sun and nitrogen. Potassium will also protect your lawn from the heat.

3. Protection From Summer Pests

Your lawn needs extra help at the height of summer, typically late July or early August, when insects are thriving. Summer fertilization helps your lawn flourish through the fall instead of succumbing to disease and pests. Your lawn professional will provide a product that summer-proofs your grass for best results. Depending on your lawn’s vulnerability to grubs, a second summer application with grub control may be necessary.

4. Dormant Season Prep

Fertilizer should be added to your lawn in November before winter’s first frost to help it store nitrogen and other nutrients during the dormant, or winter, season. Fertilizer gives your lawn what it needs to enjoy healthy growth once again in the spring.


Work with The Lawn Surgeon LLC in Cromwell, CT, to help your landscaping flourish. The lawn care specialists provide a five-step fertilizer process that residents throughout Middlesex and Greater Hartford counties can rely on. The family-owned company has been in business since 1985, offering grass seeding, core aeration, and gardening services. Call (860) 635-1127 today to address your lawn’s needs or visit the website for more information.