When can I start on my yard?
Yay! The answer is now. Now is the perfect time to fertilize your lawns and let Mother Nature help with the labor of feeding the soil without burning or over-fertilizing. Colorado’s springtime is notorious for dumping large amounts of snow and the moisture will aid in the process of soaking the nutrients down into the soil and soon to be root structure.
I recommend a granular fertilizer for a few reasons. Reason number one is ease of application and it is harder to over fertilize. You can see where you have spread the granules. You may want to use an inexpensive fertilizer spreader that can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Reason number two is because depending on the brand, it may be slow release, timed release, or controlled release. Timelines for these fertilizers can be between 1 and 9 months. Less expensive farm grade granular fertilizers may take only 2-4 weeks. You may also want to work the granular fertilizer into the soil in flower beds. The fertilizer depends on temperature and moisture to release their nutrients.
Reason number three (and my personal favorite) is that they save money. Liquid fertilizers may simply be washed away and into our water sources. So while the granular at first glance appear to be more expensive, in the long run they actually save money and the environment.