Fertilizing Home Lawns

fertilizing-the-lawn_h_lgTifway 419/Celebration Bermuda:

Fertilize Bermuda sod after it has turned 50% green in the spring. Apply after danger of frost with balanced fertilizer such as 16-4-8. Slow release Nitrogen is very beneficial in growing quality Bermuda. Fertilize every 4 to 8 weeks during the summer with a well balanced fertilizer. Please note that too much Nitrogen can cause excessive thatch buildup. A September application of winterizer fertilizer such as 3-9-18 will help the lawn survive the winter without damage.

Centipede:

Centipede does not require a lot of fertilization. Typical Centipede fertilizer is 15-0-15 with 6 pounds of fertilizer per 1000 sq feet in May, after the grass has turned green and repeat in July. A September application of winterizer fertilizer such as 3-9-18 will help the lawn survive the winter without damage.

Emerald / Meyer Zoysia:

Zoysia grasses do better with less rather than more fertilizer. It tends to form a layer of thatch under the green grass, if too much fertilizer is used. Spread fertilizer in spring, when Zoysia is at least 50% green and repeat in midsummer. Use any brand of turf fertilizer that contains slow release nitrogen, apply at the recommended rate. A September application of winterizer fertilizer such as 3-9-18 will help the lawn survive the winter without damage.

Major Elements of Fertilizer

Nitrogen
Promotes vigorous blade, lead and stem growth.
Encourages dark green color.
Assists in chlorophyll production.
Improves overall plant health, quality and density.
Aids in tolerance to heat, cold, and drought stress.

Phosphorus
Promotes early plant development.
Hastens plant maturity.
Promotes bloom and root development.

Potassium
Improves tolerance to drought, disease, and heat.
Increases winter hardiness.
Aids in water uptake.
Enhances overall health and vigor.