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Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizer: Which is Best for Your Lawn in Wisconsin?


Sometimes you want a big glass of juice for breakfast. Sometimes you feel like something more solid, like whole wheat toast. (Or, let’s be honest, a custard-filled chocolate donut.)

What about your Wisconsin lawn? What type of food does it like to eat? Liquid, like your juice? Or a solid granular fertilizer, more like a donut, er, toast?

Should you use granular fertilizer or liquid fertilizer for your lawn? (Pro tip: don’t feed your lawn donuts.)

Let’s take a look.

Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizer: What’s the Difference?

Liquid fertilizer is, well, liquid. It comes in a concentrated form and is mixed with water to create a solution of nutrients sprayed on your lawn.

Granular fertilizer is solid pellets of product spread over your lawn then watered into the soil.

lawn team member pours fertilizer into spreaderThe basic nutrients in liquid lawn fertilizer are the same as in granular fertilizer, but they work a bit differently.

Liquid fertilizer delivers quick dose of nutrients, while granular fertilizer offers a slow release of food for your lawn over time.

Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizer if You’re Doing it Yourself

If you’re applying your own fertilizer, there are a few things to consider when you’re deciding on granular fertilizer or liquid fertilizer for your lawn.

Like what?

First of all, why mess around with applying your own fertilizer? Wouldn’t you rather be doing something fun? But more on that in a minute.

Liquid or Granular Lawn Fertilizer: A Look at Liquid

lawn care technician applies liquid fertilizer

  • Applying liquid fertilizer is pretty easy. You can use a hose connected to a hose-end bottle, a standard spray bottle, or a backpack sprayer to apply the liquid to your lawn.
  • But you need to apply it more often, which means more to remember and more time spent toiling in your yard.
  • Also, because liquid fertilizer is applied as a spray, a windy day can really mess you up. If the wind blows too hard while you’re applying liquid fertilizer, it can blow the product into an area you’ve already fertilized and potentially cause burning from over-fertilization. Or it can blow much of it away, leaving your lawn hungry.
  • It’s also harder to tell where you’ve already fertilized with liquid. You can see the granular pellets in the grass.

Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizer: Going for Granular

lawn team pours granular fertilizer into spreader

  • Granular fertilizer slowly releases nutrients into the soil when it rains or you water your lawn, so you don't have to apply it as often.
  • That slow release is good for your lawn, giving it repeated nutrients over time to keep it healthy and green longer.
  • But it’s a bigger pain to apply it. In order to apply granular fertilizer effectively, you need a spreader, which will cost you at least $30, probably more.
  • Even with a spreader, applying granular fertilizer evenly is tricky. You have to calibrate your spreader to match the fertilizer to spread it properly.
  • And, not to be gross, but you’ll sweat. You have to hoist the heavy bag of granules to dump it into the spreader, then walk every inch of your yard, then water in the fertilizer to activate it. Kind of makes you want that big glass of juice. And a donut.

The Best Type of Fertilizer for Your Wisconsin Lawn

The bottom line for your lawn’s health: Always opt for granular lawn fertilizer, which is more expensive than the more common liquid stuff, but it breaks down slowly, giving you consistent benefits from fertilization.

lawn team professional fertilizes lawnIt also contains organic nutrients, which give your lawn that beautiful, deep green color.

RainMaster uses premium professional-grade formulations of granular fertilizer. Not every lawn fertilizer service in Eau Claire or Minneapolis does.

Read Our Guide to Lawn Care in Minnesota & Wisconsin

Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizer vs. Enjoying Your Weekends

Whether you choose granular fertilizer or liquid fertilizer for your lawn, either way, it’s not the most fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Plus, there’s stress, right? How will you know you’re getting the right formulation of fertilizer, designed for the conditions of your yard?

And if you apply these products incorrectly, you can actually damage your lawn.

family sits and plays in healthy grassDIY products also won’t get you that thick, healthy lawn that you’re expecting.

Do yourself a favor and trust your lawn care to RainMaster. No equipment to maintain. No messy bags of fertilizer stacked in your garage, taking up space, spilling all over the place. Peace of mind that your lawn is getting the best products and care.

The Best Type of Fertilizer? Trust RainMaster

You want the best type of fertilizer for your Eau Claire, WI or Minneapolis lawn. It’s why you’re reading this while munching that morning whole wheat toast, right? (We’ll assume you made the healthier choice.)

Organic-based, granular fertilizer is the best choice for your lawn, which is why it tops the list of all three of our lawn care programs.

Don’t waste your Saturday being frazzled in the fertilizer aisle. Let us make it easy.

At RainMaster, you choose from three different levels of lawn care programs, from a basic plan that includes the elements you need for a better lawn, to a high-end, proactive program for the quickest and best results, particularly if your lawn needs a lot of help.

Right in-between is a mid-level program option, a popular program to grow a thick, green lawn and deal with most challenges.

Ready to treat your lawn to the best lawn fertilizer, with no worries about the complicated parts? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.

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