The Q&A Archives: Feeding on long lawn grass

Question: I have a question about the first lawn feeding of the year. I usually leave my grass about 3? long after the final cutting of the year because it is dry here in Utah. I then cut the grass before feeding it in the Spring. This year I have a lawn service to take care of the lawn and they say I don?t need to cut the lawn first. I think they just want to get it done to clear their schedule and don?t want to wait for me to cut it first. What is the conventional wisdom on how long or short the grass should be before feeding it with the granulated weed and feed they want to use? Once the granules are on the lawn I know I shouldn?t cut the lawn because I would be pulling all of the granules off before they get a chance to work. And if they are laying on long grass do they actually get washed to the soil when it rains? It just sounds like this is a waste to spread this stuff on long grass. Any thoughts?

Answer: It stands to reason that the shorter the turf when you apply fertilizer, the faster it will reach the top of the soil and the more protected the granules will be from subsequent mowings. I'd mow low first, then broadcast the pellets and then water well. This will help the granules stick to the soil surface where they belong. I'm with you - mow first, then fertilize.

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