The weather is starting to warm up here in Michigan, meaning it's time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming summer stress period. Your grass needs a steady supply of essential nutrients to survive the summer, and the best way to provide them with those nutrients is with granular fertilizer treatments. By fertilizing your lawn in the summer, you're giving your grass the strength and support it needs to survive the hot summer temperatures and make it to the fall. You should aim to fertilize your lawn once at the beginning of summer to give your grass a boost in nutrients, and then again late into the summer to replenish those nutrients.

Fertilize your lawn at the beginning of the summer season.

As the season shifts from spring to summer, you should aim to fertilize your lawn to give it a boost of nutrients. Summer can take a toll on your grass, drying it out and causing it to wilt or change color if not properly cared for. Your lawn needs to be strong to combat the intense summer heat, and the best way to strengthen it is with fertilizer. Fertilizer will provide your grass with essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These three nutrients will fuel grass growth, increase your grass's resistance to pests and diseases, and boost your grass's stress tolerance—which is essential for surviving the summer heat!

Your grass needs to be watered regularly throughout the summer to ensure it survives the hot temperatures.

Replenish the nutrients in your grass with a late summer fertilizer application.

Summer sunshine beating down on a healthy green lawn in Warren, MI.

As the summer drags on, your grass will burn through those nutrients provided at the start of the season. The heat stresses your grass out, meaning it needs extra care, attention, nutrients, and resources to survive the summer. Another application of fertilizer late into the summer will replenish those essential nutrients. The additional nutrients will help your grass survive those hot summer temperatures and ensure that it will be ready for the cooler growth season in fall.

Use granular fertilizers to provide your grass with a constant supply of nutrients.

Granular fertilizer in handheld in New Baltimore, MI.

Surviving the summer is a marathon, not a sprint. When deciding how you want to go about fertilizing your lawn for the summer, it's best to go with granular fertilizer. Granular fertilizer is a slow-release fertilizer that comes in tiny pellets called granules. These granules are sprinkled throughout your yard, and they slowly release nutrients into your soil over a long period. Because summer can cause so much stress to your lawn, your grass will need a steady supply of nutrients to survive, making granular fertilizer the perfect option.

Make sure you water the granular fertilizer right after applying it to your lawn. Watering activates the granules, and they will start dissolving into your soil!

Need to fertilize your lawn this summer? Call us to sign up for our lawn fertilization program!

Your lawn is a vital part of your property, and you want to make sure it's properly equipped to tackle the intense summer season ahead. At Big Lakes Lawncare, we carry out a six-step fertilization program that includes two applications of fertilizer in the summer—once at the beginning of summer and then again late into the summer. We service commercial, residential, and HOA properties in Macomb, MI, and surrounding cities like Chesterfield and Shelby. Call us today at (586) 200-0855 to sign up for our lawn fertilization program and give your grass the extra boost in nutrients that it needs to survive the summer! We look forward to working with you to ensure that your grass successfully makes it through the hot summer season!