In short, your lawn can burn if it gets dehydrated. The fertilizer added contains huge amounts of salt. And so, when you add a lot of chemicals, it leads to a salt buildup. This salt buildup will in turn curb the lawn from absorbing any water, and result in the grass dying. Here are a few steps by which one can avoid fertilizer burns in their garden.
Time is the Essence
Knowing when to add the fertilizer is key in avoiding a fertilizer burn. Always fertilize your lawn in the spring and fall seasons for maximum effect. Some people end up fertilizing their lawns in the middle of the summer, which is an absolute no-no.
It will also help one to understand the kind of nutrients that need to be added along with the fertilizers. Sometimes, the excess usage of fertilizers and the deficiency of some other nutrients will lead to a severe burn. Having a soil quality check will help avoid the same.
Points to Remember
- Cover yourself well before applying the fertilizer.
- Never cross the limit of fertilizer that is written on the packet. In fact, apply only half of what is recommended.
- The lawn should be dry when you spread the fertilizer.
- Apply the fertilizer in the way that has been instructed on the packet.
- Always water the lawn within a day of applying the fertilizer to avoid the burn.
- In case of excess dumping of fertilizer, try and vacuum the lawn or dilute it by watering it.