At this time of year, we spend a lot of time and money working in our yards in an attempt to bring them back to life after a long winter season. One common job is applying fertilizer. If used correctly, fertilizer can turn a brown winter lawn into a green and thriving lawn.
While this is a common task, it’s important to keep in mind that fertilizer is a chemical and needs to be handled with caution. Here are some safety tips to follow before, during, and after fertilizing your lawn.
- Proper storage. Store fertilizer in a safe place away from children and pets. If you keep your lawn and gardening supplies in a shed, keep it locked. If you store your fertilizer in your garage, make sure it’s kept in a locked cabinet or on a shelf children can’t reach.
- Wear gloves. Fertilizer contains nitrogen that can cause a chemical burn on your skin.
- Wear eye protection. It’s always important to wear glasses or goggles when working in your yard.
- Clean up excess fertilizer on your sidewalk, patio, or driveway. This makes for a safer environment for young children and pets. It also prevents the rain from washing it into your local water system.
To learn more about the best times to fertilize your lawn, watch this video which features my fellow West Bend associate, Marv Wolf.
Marv has been West Bend’s grounds supervisor for 23 years. He’s responsible for planning, coordinating, and maintaining our 160-acre corporate campus which includes 50 acres of restored prairie, 2 acres of restored wetlands, 10 acres of restored woodlands, and 3 miles of gravel walking trails.
Since 1990, more than 15,000 trees and shrubs have been planted on the campus, formerly corn and alfalfa fields.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them; please share them in the box below.