Articles in: Fertilizer

Spring Lawn Care Tips for Proud Lawn Owners

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2013 | Make A Comment


When it comes to lawn care, it might help to think of it in the same way as caring for a small child. After waking from its long winter nap, your lawn will be hungry. It will need regular attention. And if it’s neglected for too long, your lawn may get quite unruly and eventually go to seed.

It’s difficult to know what is best when it comes to feeding your lawn to ensure proper growth and development. That’s because there are so many different lawn fertilizers on the market. And the nutritional information on the packing can be as difficult to understand as new math. Don’t even get us started on organic lawn care.

So, to shed some light on this subject, we asked Rick from The Home Depot Forums for help.

In this video, he explains the product numbering system and how it relates to choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn. He also talks about the importance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for healthy, thriving plant life. Soils often lack one or more of these components, making the addition of fertilizer necessary.

After watching this video, you’ll be able to choose a fertilizer with the proper formula to help you raise healthier lawns, flowers, plants and trees.

The best time to apply fertilizer to your lawn will vary depending on your location. But you can visit our new and improved Garden Club at any time for answers to your fertilizer questions and all things garden-related.


We have more DIY, home improvement and gardening videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Garden Club Q&A: Athletic Field Maintenance

Posted by: on November 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment
A baseball sits on the grass of a baseball diamond infield

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Q: I am taking care of a high school baseball infield grass. I need to fertilize the lawn and reseed a few spots. Could you steer me in the right direction as to fertilizer and lawn seeds?

— Garden Club reader Monte

A: No, Monte; thank you. Well-maintained turf is a critical component of baseball that most don’t appreciate until they play on a patchy or dying field. Conscientious athletic field maintenance can make the game all the better for both players and fans.

For spot reseeding, you’ll probably do best to try and match the variety of grass already growing on the field. We’ve recently published two articles that might help you identify the grass that’s already there — one on cool-season grasses, and the other on warm-season grasses. Which you should look for will depend mostly on what part of the country you’re in. Cool-season grasses are more frequently used in cooler northern states, while warm-season grasses predominate in the warmer south. Bermuda grass and bluegrass are preferred by many, since they perform well on fields without built-in irrigation and generally make for low-maintenance turf.

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How to Remove Thatch From Your Lawn

Posted by: on October 8th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Raking Thatch

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Q: “Has anyone used a thatch rake, and does it get compacted leaves without damaging the grass? My grass grows, but could use more nutrients.”

That’s the question coolzilla recently posted to our Garden Club Forums, a great place to pose questions for expert advice on gardening, lawn care and outdoor living.

A: According to the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program, “thatch is a tightly intermingled layer of living and dead stems, leaves and roots which accumulates between the layer of actively growing grass and the soil underneath.” A thin layer of thatch can increase a turf’s resilience; an excessive layer (more than an inch) “can restrict the movement of air, water, fertilizer and other materials to the roots.” And a weakened turf can lead to disease.

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Scotts Makes Spring Lawn Care A Snap!

Posted by: on February 16th, 2012 | Make A Comment


It won’t be too long before spring has sprung and that means you and your family will soon be venturing back into the great outdoors. And from backyard barbeques to tossing the ball around with the kids or simply relaxing in the sunshine – no one knows better than Scotts® that having a lush, healthy lawn is the perfect backdrop to any outdoor activity!

Scotts® Snap™ Total Lawn Care System is here just in time to get your yard ready for those pesky warm-weather issues like preventing crabgrass, killing weeds, fertilizing the lawn, killing insects and fire ants, and planting grass seed. This new system revolutionizes the lawn care process by making it so much easier:

    • The Snap™ system consists of individual Snap Pacs that connect easily and directly to the Snap™ spreader.
    • After connecting the Snap™ Pac to the spreader, simply lock it into place. Snap, lock and go!
    • The Snap™ system automatically configures the spreader settings to ensure correct application.
    • The EdgeGuard feature keeps the product where you want it. No accidentally fertilizing the neighbor’s lawn!
    • Self-sealing Pacs mean no messy clean-up and storage. No more struggling with attaching and detaching large fertilizer bags.

No more measuring, fumbling around with spreader settings or handling unused product. Scotts® has made creating a beautiful lawn a snap! Watch this video and see for yourself how easy it is to use the Snap™ system.

Our very own expert associate, Coach Dave, also gives an easy-to-follow tutorial in this video on how simple it is to use Scotts® Snap™ Total Lawn Care System to create the lawn of your dreams.

Be sure to visit for even more help getting your backyard retreat in tip-top shape for spring with outdoor power equipment, patio furniture, grills and more! And don’t forget to browse through our Garden Center for tons of gardening products and ideas!

Helpful Tips For Planning Your Small Garden

Posted by: on July 27th, 2011 | One Comment

Now’s the perfect time to begin planting for most fall vegetables. Even if you don’t have a large yard to plant “grandmother’s garden,” you can still enjoy getting your hands dirty in a smaller area. Below are a few tips to help you determine your needs and conditions before you plant. 

Examine Your Soil
Survey your yard. As you look around your back yard or side lot, search for a small area that is suitable for gardening. The most important factor in growing healthy plants is soil quality. Is the soil very dry, clay rich or moist?  Is the grass (or weeds) growing plentifully? If so, then you likely have soil that is ready for tilling. If you notice that the soil is very dry, rocky or compacted, you do have other options. Dry soil can be replenished with an irrigation system or you may consider a raised bed garden, using compost to prepare the soil for planting. Fertilizers can be added to restore nutrition to most soil types.

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