You've probably seen "Scottie" on the Scott's lawn care commercials on TV. I have...and I did....again. It's kind of silly, really. You see, when one fertilizes grass, it grows, and then you have to cut it....in my case twice a week for at least two months. Yes, the grass does get green, and it is weed-free. It could be the envy of my sub-division except that all my neighbors fertilize their lawns too.
For many years I just applied a basic nitrogen fertilizer in early spring and then sprayed with Weed Be Gone when the dandelions popped up in May. Then let it go 'til late Fall when I put down a winterizer of some kind. That worked OK until we had the big drought a few years ago. (Photo in my back yard taken in Aug of 2011-yick!) It looked like my lawn dried up and died, so I called a LAWN SERVICE company. They came over and assured me that with their treatments my lawn would come back and look fine. So I hired them.
They put down five applications a season for about $80 each. My lawn looked good and no weeds. But $400? Upon retirement I decided that I could go back to my old ways of doing it myself. But I needed a new spreader. Scotts offered a nice rebate last year on their admittedly pricy 4 step plan and their own spreader. Even so, it was about half the price of my lawn service, so I fired them and decided to "feed my lawn" myself. Let me tell you, the Scotts 4 step plan works. In Spades. Last year I had to mow about every three days up through July! (See my blog on the pleasures of lawn mowing)
So as of early April, I've put down step one, and my grass has gotten dangerously green...and it's growing. So "First Cut," barring rain, looks to be Saturday the 11th. And here we go again! Photo below taken last summer-nice, huh?