Lawn Fertilizing Costs

Lawn fertilizing and weed protection treatment is a routine activity sometimes combined with other lawn maintenance tasks.

You will find that the cost to fertilize and treat an average lawn depends upon the size and accessibility of the lot, the variability of the terrain, local equipment rental rates, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Lawn fertilizing: annual fertilizer and weed protection for a 6,000 sq. ft. grass lawn

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Lawn: complete treatment; do spreading, provide spreader and other equipment.$0.02per sq. ft.6,000$120
+ Labor Cost$30per hour2$60
Total Cost$0.03per sq. ft.6,000$180

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Included is the typical charge for the necessary power equipment.

DIY considerations

  • This project is perfectly suitable for the able DIY persons.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to fertilize a lawn in my city

Cost to fertilize a lawn varies greatly by region. To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.