Purchasing lawn fertilizer in larger bags is usually cheaper per pound than purchasing fertilizer in smaller packages. Some home improvement and garden supply stores offer discounts if you purchase multiple bags. Farmers' co-ops and large agricultural supply centers quote home and business owners a price per ton, offering a substantial savings.
Spring and fall sales at major home improvement stores usually include some major fertilizer brands. Using compost that you create yourself helps cut costs and provides a way to dispose of paper and kitchen waste at your home. It is important to make sure that you do not over fertilize your lawn and thus spend more money than needed.
A self mulching mower will return nutrients to your lawn. Removing grass clippings results in more inputs to keep a great-looking lawn. The pH of your lawn should be tested and corrected if necessary. A lawn should have a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.
Fertilizing in the fall instead of spring ensures that you are not just feeding weed growth. Choosing grasses that are most suited to your area reduces the need for fertilizer. High-traffic areas should be aerated before fertilizer is applied because soil compaction can result in nutrients not being easily absorbed.