3 Reasons Why You Should Fertilize Your Lawn in the Fall
Benefits of fertilizing your lawn in the fall
Fertilizing in the fall gives your lawn the nutrients to make it though the winter season, so it will emerge stronger and greener in the spring. Fall feedings help the roots spread, growing deeper and wider to help create a healthy, thick lawn.
Applying a fall fertilizer blend at least 6 to 8 weeks after your summer fertilizer application, but before the ground freezes is ideal. For most regions, applying your fall fertilizer between September and November is ideal. In some regions, two applications – one around Labor Day and then a second 6 to 8 weeks later is beneficial.
Before you fertilize, make sure to read the bag for timing recommendations and application tips. Then remove the debris in your lawn so the fertilizer drops in between the grass blades. Water your lawn or apply the fertilizer after it rains; moist soil is ideal. For the most even application, make sure to walk slowly behind your spreader.
Applying fertilizer will benefit your yard in three ways:
- Helps repair and rejuvenate your lawn after the summer heat and get perennial weeds under control.
For many parts of the country, this summer was very hot and very dry, which causes stress to your lawn. Fertilizer helps your grass recover, as well as helps it green up. Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed & Feed not only provides nutrients to your grass, it helps you manage weeds like dandelions and clover.
- Provides nutrients to the roots.
As growth of your grass slows down, your grass needs a boost. Fall fertilizer, like Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard Lawn Food, help your lawn grow stronger, deeper roots before cold weather sets in. Fertilizers also help your lawn absorb water and nutrients better than an unfertilized lawn.
- Gives your lawn a head-start for spring.
When cooler air sets in, plan growth slows and grass goes dormant in the colder temperatures. Applying a fall fertilizer provides the essential nutrients for the grass to store through the winter, helping your grass grow thick and greener earlier than lawns that did not fertilize in the fall.
Spending time fertilizing in the fall gives your lawn will save you time in the spring. If you have any other questions, just ask our helpful associates which fall fertilizer is right for your yard.