Granular Lawn Fertilizer

Granular fertilizer is easy to apply, and makes regular lawn feedings a breeze.

Choose either organic or synthetic products to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Here is a list of my favorite, recommended products.

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The Anderson's PGF Balanced 10-10-10 Fertilizer (w/ 2% iron)

The Andersons 10-10-10 Granular Lawn Fertilizer

A truly balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 is ideal to apply to your lawn in early spring and in the fall when you don’t necessarily need that high Nitrogen level, but still want to feed your grass. 

The Anderson’s is one of my favorite fertilizer brands, and this balanced turfgrass fertilizer with Iron and Micronutrients truly has everything your lawn needs to thrive.

The fine particles of this fertilizer ensure an even application and great results. You can use this 4x annually and your lawn will thrive.

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One 18 pound bag will fertilize up to 5,000 square feet at the manufacturer’s suggested application rate.

Milorganite Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer (6-4-0)

If you’re looking for an organic, slow-release fertilizer that won’t burn your lawn you’ve found it in Milorganite. You truly can’t make a mistake when you apply this fertilizer.

This product contains 4% non-staining iron which helps deliver that dark-green, desirable result so many of us are looking for. It improves your soil over time by promoting microbe growth rather than strictly feeding your grass. This means that every application is an investment in the long-term health of your lawn.

One 36 pound bag will fertilize ~2,500 square feet at the manufacturer’s suggested application rate.

Anderson's Fertilizer 18-24-12

This fertilizer is a flexible product which can serve as both a starter fertilizer for new lawns and overseeding projects, and it also is excellent to feed and support established turfgrass – particularly when used in the fall.

Anderson’s 18-24-12 delivers both immediate green-up, and sustained feeding to your grass. I like that it has plenty of phosphorous to support healthy root growth and adequate potassium to help defend against disease and stress.

One 50 pound bag will fertilize ~8,900 square feet at a medium application rate, 12,500 square feet at a low rate.

Purely Organic Lawn Food (10-0-2)

I’ve trialed Purely Organic lawn food on my lawn over a 2-year period and saw great results. I think it’s one of the best organic fertilizers you can buy.

It’s truly environmentally friendly with natural, plant-based nitrogen and potassium (from soybean meal and other grains). If you have local restrictions preventing you from applying phosphorus fertilizer, or simply want to use plant-based fertilizer that has no-odor, this is a great choice.

Most importantly, it works great! Just be careful during application, as it can burn grass, even though it’s organic.

One 25 pound bag will fertilize ~5,000 square feet at the manufacturer’s suggested application rate.

Why Macro-Nutrient Ratios Matter

Explaining N-P-K Macro-Nutrients

All fertilizers are not created equal, and using the right blend of nutrients at the right time of year will produce the best results for your lawn.

Each of the macro-nutrients you see listed on a fertilizer’s label supports a different part of your grass.

  • During the spring you want to apply a balanced fertilizer,
  • During the summer you want something high in nitrogen, and
  • When overseeding  or fertilizing in the fall, you need one high in phosphorus to support root growth of your young grass.

Important Note: Phosphorus runoff poses a threat to water quality. In certain states, the application of phosphorus-containing fertilizer on lawns or turfgrass is restricted or prohibited. Check your local laws prior to purchase, and give some thought to whether your yard actually requires application of a fertilizer high in phosphorus. Always apply these products responsibly, and dispose of any excess fertilizer in the proper way by contacting your local household hazardous waste disposal facility.

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