Lawn care in North TX - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rhall10059
August 24, 2008
I live near Ft Worht, TX and my lawn looks OK, but it is not growing very full or green and I am seeing quite a few weeds in the lawn. When should I apply fertilizer / weed control and what type?

Answer from NGA
August 24, 2008



Fertilize with no more than 1/2 to 1 pound of nitrogen in fall (around late October). Apply a product with a 3-1-2 ratio of nutrients as this is roughly the ratio of nutrients grass takes in. So, for example, if you purchased a 15-5-10 fertilizer (15% nitrogen), you would apply about 7 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .15 = about 7). If you purchased a 21-7-14 fertilizer (21 % nitrogen), you would apply about 5 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .21 = about 5).

Healthy turf will choke out most of its weed problems. When the turf is thin and soil is exposed to the sunlight, weeds will sprout and you have a battle on your hands. So first concentrate on proper mowing, watering and fertilizing and you will be amazed at the results.

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