Fertilize Properly Or Don't Fertilize At All


You can either be the homeowner that has their lawn described as vibrantly green, lush, vibrant, and crisp or you can be the homeowner that has their lawn described as dried-out, brown, and shabby. Don’t be the homeowner with the shabby yard. Call Three Timbers Care and we will nurse your lawn back to health in a few short months!

Keep It Green

Just like every other living thing, your grass needs the proper food to thrive. Grass loves to consume the perfect diet of sunlight, water, oxygen, hydrogen, and a whole lot more. And it’s your job as the homeowner to help provide that perfect diet by adding fertilizer to your lawn to make up for the items that are naturally missing.


If you decide to do your own lawn fertilization, be sure to focus on the Big 3: Lawn Maintenance, Lawn Food, and Fertilization Spread.

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Lawn Maintenance

Prior to fertilizing your lawn you have to decide what type of maintenance your lawn actually requires. For the most part Minnesota lawns only have two types of maintenance, high and low.

High-Maintenance Lawn:

  • These are lawns that are mostly a mix of Kentucky Bluegrass varieties. 
  • High-maintenance lawns require more regular watering. 
  • High-maintenance lawns should be fertilized 3 -4 times per year

Low-Maintenance Lawn:

  • These are lawns that are mostly a mix of Creeping Red Fescue and Rye Grass
  • Low-maintenance lawns require some supplemental watering during the dry summer months
  • Low-maintenance lawns should be fertilized 1-2 times per year.

Lawn Food

Most people believe that more fertilizer leads to greener grass when in reality it might actually lead to your lawn’s death. Using too much fertilizer can actually be just as bad as pouring too much water on your plants. You can suffocate and kill your grass with the wrong fertilizer and wrong fertilizer schedule. That’s why we figured we’d share the 6- application fertilizer schedule we use to keep Minnesota lawns looking good all summer long.

Fertilizer Type: Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food


  • Crabgrass preventer with Turf Food is a blend a nutrients and pre-emergent herbicides 
  • This type of fertilizer is used to promote lush green grass at the beginning of the growing season 
  • The biggest benefit to using Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food is to prevent the germination of crabgrass and other annual grass seeds prior to seasonal growth.


  • We apply Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food twice each year
      • First Application: April – May 
      • Second Application: Early June
  • Application directions: activate the Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food by a light watering or spread it 24 hours prior to rain.

Fertilizer Type: Weed & Feed


  • Weed & Feed is the perfect blend of nutrients and post-emergent herbicides designed to create lush green grass like the Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food.
  • The big difference with the Weed & Feed is its ability to kill existing broadleaf weeds such as clover and dandelions. 
  • Weeds & Feed eliminates weeds after the weeds have started growing.


  • We apply Weed & Feed twice each year.
    • First Application: Mid April – June
    • Second Application: September – October 
  • Application deadline: Apply the weed & feed when the grass is wet and the weather forecast is clear for at least 24 hours prior to application

Fertilizer Type: Turf Food


  • Turf Food is a fast-acting fertilizer that promotes thick, healthy lawn.


  • We only apply one application of Turf Food early in the summer, between May – June.
  • Application Directions: activate the Turf Food  with Turf Food by a light watering or spread it 24 hours prior to rain.

Fertilizer Type: Fall Winterizer


  • Fall winterizer is the perfect fertilizer blend used to prepare lawns for winter dormancy
  • Fall winterizer also promotes strong root and growth prior to the freezing Minnesota Temperatures


  • We only apply one application of Fall Winterizer in the fall, between September – October. 
  • Application Directions: Activate the Fall winterizer fertilizer by a light watering or spread it 24 hrs prior to rain.

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Fertilization Spread

Spreading fertilizer seems simplistic but we have found there are few strategies that enhance the results of every fertilization application:


  • When spreading lawn fertilizer you want to be sure to use a rotary or drop spreader (never use your hands). If you are spreading a herbicide-free fertilizer like the Turf Food or Fall Winterizer feel free to use the rotary or drop spreader, but if you are applying a herbicide like the Crabgrass Preventer with Turf Food or the Weed & Feed use the drop spreader. 
  • Be sure to fertilize when the temperature are below 85 degrees and the wind is calm to avoid overspread
  • To have the greatest results, you need to be sure to apply the fertilizer even throughout your entire yard. We choose to apply the fertilizer twice by applying it in one direction at ½ the recommended rate and then applying it perpendicular to the first at ½ the recommended rate. 
  • Lastly, don’t forget we’re blessed to live in Minnesota and we need to protect our lakes and rivers so be sure to remove all excess fertilizer on your driveway, sidewalks, patios.

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