Fertilize Appropriately

Apply only what is needed based on a soil test and avoid wet weather application to save money and protect against excess fertilizer running into local creeks.

Fertilize Appropriately module presented by Dr. Natalie Bumgarner, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist.

Take these actions and be awarded “Inches” towards your Tennessee Smart Yard:

  • Maintain soil pH in the recommended range. Value: 2 inches
  • Fertilize as recommended by soil test and not in wet weather; use low maintenance plans when available. Value: 2 inches


Lawn and Garden Soil Samples with the Soil, Plant and Pest Center, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.