DIY Fall Lawn Fertilizer

The most important ingredient for achieving a beautiful green lawn is fertilizer. It helps boost the health of soil, increases the rate of growth and strengthens grass roots. Fertilizing is most effective during the early spring or fall, giving your lawn the opportunity to recover from the previous season by feeding beneficial nutrients back into the soil.

Remember, there are a number of materials you can use as fertilizer. However, you should become familiar with how they need to be applied to your lawn so you can fertilize correctly. Depending on your available resources, try one of these DIY lawn fertilizer ideas you can use towards a greener, healthier yard.

Grasscyling:

Known as one of the most common types of DIY lawn fertilizers, grasscycling is an easy, effective and cost-efficient way to add nutrients back into your soil naturally. Practicing grasscycling is easy - simply leave the sharp clippings (about 1") on your yard after mowing. Not only do these chopped grass clippings return important nutrients back into the soil, grasscycling also reduces mowing time, and eliminates bagging and disposing of clippings. Be sure to cut your grass regularly and when it is dry. And while you might be tempted to rake the grass clippings after you mow, it's not necessary; the small clippings will eventually fall between the blades of grass.

Composting:

Compost can also serve as an excellent homemade lawn fertilizer, and is environmentally friendly and cost effective. The decomposed organic matter that creates compost can be thought of as making soup; there are countless recipes. Try using fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells and tea bags. Do not add meats or milk products, as these items will attract animals and produce odors. Carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and water are other necessary ingredients. The benefits to composting include feeding and energizing the soil, along with preventing and eliminating weeds and keeping annoying pests away. When it comes to using compost as a homemade lawn fertilizer on your lawn, make sure you use fine-textured compost so you can rake it out evenly throughout your yard without leaving clumps.

Mulching:

Just like grass clippings, mulch is another organic material that will retain and keep your soil moist while protecting your plants from extreme temperatures. This is also a terrific way to recycle and utilize unwanted material. For your own DIY mulch lawn fertilizer, try a mixture of wood chips, leaves, grass clippings and various tree bark species. Over time, the mulch will decay and enrich the soil while also preventing weeds. Adding mulch as a surface layer will destroy weeds by excluding light. If you notice certain areas getting low, sprinkle some extra mulch to fill in those spots throughout the season.