How to Select the Best Lawn Fertilizer for Your Lawn

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on June 7, 2013 by TruGreen

Choosing the best lawn fertilizer for your turf can help keep your yard nourished and looking its best all year long. Environmental conditions pose a threat to your lawn year-round, from cool or wet spring temperatures to hot, humid summers and leaf-dropping autumn weather. Lawn damaging insects, inconsistency in the amount of soil moisture, and potentially spreading diseases can pose a challenge to contend with as well.


Proper fertilization using the best lawn fertilizer according to your lawn’s individual conditions can help you keep your turfgrass healthy in the face of these daily dangers. The big question is—how do you know which lawn fertilizer is best? If you find yourself using Google or searching through lawn fertilizer reviews for any hint of which way to turn, you should know: there are better alternatives.

do it yourself?

If you love your lawn and like to do all your own yard work, it’s possible to sort out which fertilizers will help your yard—though it’s tough to figure out the best lawn fertilizer option without expert help. If you want to do it on your own:

  • Know your fertilizer types. Complete fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in one product; many also contain other essential minerals. Balanced fertilizers use a predetermined ratio of the above three elements to meet a lawn’s individual requirements (3-1-2, 4-1-2, or 8-1-3, depending on your grass type and needs). “Weed and Feed” contains broadleaf weed killer for common pests like dandelions and is only effective if the weeds are already growing. On the other hand, preemergents contain weed killers that must be applied before weeds germinate and will not harm weeds that are already actively growing. 
  • Follow package directions. Following the directions on the bag or box is the safest way to apply fertilizer in a “DIY” setting. Too much fertilizer can “burn” your grass, leaving it brown or spindly. Too little lawn fertilizer can leave a yard prone to weed problems and thin growth. Striking the proper balance is essential for lawn health. 
  • Give it time. The results of your fertilization efforts may not show up immediately. Phosphorus and potassium, especially, don’t automatically promote greening but can improve long-term yard health. Don’t fertilize again because you didn’t see immediate results—you’ll risk burning your lawn or setting your grass up for long-term disease issues. 
  • Seek the help of experts. If your situation calls for expert or specialized assistance, the experts at TruGreen® are ready to help.

or enlist the experts…

Once you sign up for a TruGreen lawn plan, a PhD-certified specialist will come to your home and conduct a Healthy Lawn Analysis®, examining your lawn to determine what it needs to thrive---including the best lawn fertilizer. If you’ve been doing your own fertilizing for years and are still asking yourself, “what is the best lawn fertilizer?”—or if you’re new to home-and-lawn ownership and just want the lawn you love without the headache—TruGreen’s specialists know how to help.  Visit or call 866.688.6722 today to take the first step toward achieving a lawn you’ll love.
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