When Should You Fertilize Your Lawn in Alberta?

By: albertaarb - August 3, 2016

One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy lawn in Alberta is making sure that you apply the correct amount of fertilizer at the correct time. Since winters tend to be quite long and cold in Alberta, proper fertilization can make the difference between a lush landscape and a scorched lawn.


Feeding a Healthy Lawn


The best case scenario for your lawn would be a complete lack of fertilization. However, due to the stress that an extended winter places on lawns in Alberta, grass in this province doesn’t always receive necessary nutrients from natural processes.

If you already have one going, utilizing your compost as a source of natural fertilizer is an inexpensive means of ensuring that your lawn remains healthy. Other natural fertilizer solutions, such as manure or activated sewage sludge, will help provide needed nutrients.


Commercial fertilizers that don’t use organic materials deliver phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen to provide nutrients that your lawn requires. Applying the correct amount depends on the nutrient profile of the soil and the timing of fertilization.


Best Time To Fertilize In Alberta


Since the growing season is dominated by a winter lull in which few plants grow, the moment that your lawn begins to respond to warm weather should be the time when you decide to apply your first spread of fertilizer. Late spring in Alberta tends to be the time that lawns begin to wake from their winter rest, which represents the best time to apply a time-release formula that will provide even distribution.


Once the hottest part of the summer is over with, usually in late August or September, another spread of fertilizer is suggested, which will make sure that your lawn receives the nutrients it requires to survive the deep freeze. The worst time to fertilize is in the middle of the summer, because of the increased risk of the fertilizer burning the lawn instead of being absorbed into the soil.


Precise Fertilization By Experts


When you hire an expert to conduct a survey of your lawn, including the soil, you’ll discover the perfect fertilizer mix for your lawn, which will prevent damage to grass, plants and seeds.


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