Lawn food for newly seeded yard

Asked April 20, 2017, 2:22 PM EDT

I know fall is better to put in a lawn, I don't have a choice, new yard. What lawn food/fertilizer is good to give my seed a jump start now, this spring? I live in the eastern end of Frederick co. Clay clay clay! I can't afford to put in top soil at this time, would like to get something to grow before mud slides happen. :0)

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

We recommend the following practices for fertilizing a newly established lawn:

  • Choose a starter lawn fertilizer that contains phosphorus. (Lawn maintenance fertilizers have zero phosphorus in them, so you will want to look for a product that is intended for new lawn establishment.)
  • Use a lawn spreader to apply fertilizer, never by hand. Most brand name fertilizers will list the proper setting to apply the correct amount of nitrogen to your lawn. Follow the package instructions.
  • Apply fertilizer before the expected rain, or make sure to water the area well after application.

This publication has good information on the rates to use and how to apply fertilizer properly.

In addition, here is a link to our comprehensive guide on lawn establishment:

Good luck and don't hesitate to contact us again if you have additional questions.