Spring & Summer Fertilizer: Step 3 to a Healthy Lawn


Applying IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer Fertilizer

As spring begins to wind down and we head into the summer months, temperatures begin to rise. Keep your lawn in tip-top shape, especially if you plan to host friends and family during summer holidays or backyard barbecues.

IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer Fertilizer is safe to apply in the summer heat. It’s locally formulated with slow release nitrogen to feed your grass up to two months without burning the lawn (when applied as directed).

Each fertilizer pellet is coated with IFA exclusive Omnicote for an even nutrient distribution. It contains three types of iron – quick, medium and slow release – to provide a superior dark green lawn all summer long. The Omnicote in IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer Fertilizer also consists of manganese and zinc, helping your lawn more efficiently utilize water in the summer heat.

When to apply: JUN., JUL. OR AUG.

Apply IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer in late spring and summer; anytime between June and the end of August. Make sure at least 4 to 6 weeks have passed between applying IFA Step 2 Weed & Feed and IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer.

How To Apply:

  1. Add IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer to spreader
  2. Set spreader (see recommendations below)
  3. Apply to a dry (non-wet) lawn
  4. Water thoroughly soon after application
  5. Apply only once and make sure to wait at least 4-6 weeks before applying IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer in September or October.


Recommended Spreader Settings:

Before applying, consider the following settings: Scotts Elite Spreader, 8; Earthway EV-N-Spred, 17; IFA Spreader, 17; Scotts Whirl Hand Spreader, 5 (*apply over lawn twice); and Scotts Wizz Hand Spreader, 6 (*apply over lawn twice). Uniformly apply over your lawn and slightly overlap walking paths (especially with drop spreaders) to avoid lines.

As a general rule, open any spreader 1/4 inch and walk at a normal pace. If you walk at a faster pace, you’ll need to open up the spreader slightly more. Adjust any setting based on your preference and pace.

Spreader settings are approximate. Check your spreader for accuracy. The settings are based upon a maximum rate of 4.0 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. For questions regarding any of our spreaders, please ask an employee at your local IFA Country Store.


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Revive your lawn

Let’s face it, summer is hard on lawns. Either through rising temperatures or sprinklers that don’t properly cover all of your lawn (or both), dry, brown spots may begin to appear.

If this occurs, apply Revive to your lawn to rejuvenate the damaged area, maintain thickness, and the additional iron helps turn your whole lawn dark green. Revive conserves water during times of drought and severe heat by wetting the soil deeper and allowing your lawn to store more water between irrigations. It assists in loosening compacted soil by promoting root activity, and may be applied while IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer Fertilizer is still active in the soil.

Water isn’t fixing the dead spots. Now what?

If low watering and our dry, hot summers isn’t the primary issue for dead spots in your yard, something else may be attacking your lawn.

In most cases, the culprit is lawn grubs. They’re larvae that’s hatched from eggs laid primarily by billbugs and occasionally by June beetles. They’ll eat and destroy the root system of the lawn, causing brown spots. For more info on lawn grubs, prevention and treatment, see Dead Grass? Grub Worms May Be The Issue.

Another issue to look for isn’t a pest, but a lawn fungus. Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS) is becoming more common in northern Utah, and the symptoms primarily appear in summer heat or drought conditions. It’s aggressive, hard to control, and colonizes in your lawns roots. A lawn with NRS will have brown spots with the texture of healthy grass. It’s not dry and brittle. Frequently, the turf will survive the infection and re-grow in the center of the patches, giving them a ring-like “frog eye” appearance. To learn more, see Diagnosing and Treating Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS).

In either case, consider contacting your local IFA Country Store specialist or Utah State University Extension Agent to help diagnose the problem.

Information for this article was provided by Ken Holt, Lawn & Garden Category Manager, IFA Country Store.