Some so-called experts will tell you to wait until April to make the first application of the year. Not me! I have some different and better advice about fertilizers The Natural Way. So called experts tell folks not to fertilize lawns and beds until the soil warms because the fertilizer will leach away before it does any good. Those same experts tell the same people that early spring is time to fertilize trees. Don’t ask me to explain. If your yard is anything like mine, you have some trees and those tree’s roots travel out well beyond the dripline and virtually cover the entire property.
These geniuses are right about one thing - typical water soluble synthetic fertilizers will leach away. That’s why I don’t recommend ‘em. Here’s what you do. Fertilize early spring with any organic fertilizer at 20 lbs./1,000 square feet. These naturally slow release products will feed the roots of trees, shrubs and even grasses that have now started to grow. If the weather turns cold again - yes, the plants will slow down their growth but natural fertilizers will slow their release also.
QUESTION: Considering the recent warm, dry weather, should I be fertilizing my lawn? F.H., Frisco
ANSWER: We are in the window for the first major fertilization of the year if you are using organic fertilizer. Cool-season plants such as pansies, dianthus, Johnny-jump-ups and winter grasses should be fed for sure. Use dry organic fertilizers at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet and liquid mixtures at a rate of 1 gallon per 100 square feet.