lawn fertilizer

When installing a new lawn, it’s good to apply a starter fertilizer/root stimulator using a spreader applicator. Avoid seasonal fertilizers that are high in nitrogen which may stress your lawn while it’s trying to establish. All sod delivered by The Grass Outlet is fertilized and treated for weeds prior to harvest.

Choosing a Fertilizer

All plants need essential nutrients to grow and those that are needed in the greatest amounts are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.  The optimal fertilizer contains the right amounts of each of these for your lawn.

All fertilizer packages must list three numbers (such as 16-4-8) which represent the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium found in the fertilizer.  Garden centers such as Garden-Ville will have seasonal applications for each variety of grass, combined with weed treatments for your lawn.

For information on how to calculate how much fertilizer you’ll need, visit Texas A&M AgriLife’s fertilizing guide on the City of Austin’s website.


Top dressing with a thin layer of compost ¼ inch thick, once or twice a year while your lawn is still growing, can be very beneficial to the health of your lawn.  Compost contains microbes, nutrients, and an abundant supply of organic material.  It also aides drought resistance and acts as a natural aerator in compacted and clay soils.

If you have any further questions about fertilizing your lawn, visit your local gardening store or contact The Grass Outlet today.