This section has been developed with the goal of helping Gulf Coast homeowners to do their part in reducing the use of home lawn fertilizers. Not only will you find tips on keeping your lawn beautiful by fertilizing properly, but you'll learn how your lawn care practices affect the Gulf of Mexico and how to make a difference in the health of our local waters. In Mississippi and Alabama, summertime is the right time to fertilize. Be sure and contact your local Master Gardener for the specifics on fertilizing your particular type of lawn (soil type, grass type, etc.).