As the summer winds down and kids return to school, most homeowners turn their attention to storing the lawn furniture and closing the pool for the year. While there are numerous tasks associated with the welcoming of fall, aside from the standard pumpkin carving and leaf raking, fertilizing your lawn for the coming winter must not be overlooked. While most areas in the Northeast enjoy a mild and beautiful September, the cold weather is right around the corner.
As August ends your lawn is just getting over a long hot summer in which challenges like disease and drought may have led to root dormancy. With the return of cool evenings, plenty of rainfall and morning dew, grass is in it’s “happy place” and looking for nutrients. This is where the essential application of a fall fertilizer can help establish a deep root system that will benefit your lawn through the winter months, leading to a healthier and greener lawn next spring. It’s also important to remember that not all lawn fertilizers are created equally and most are formulated for specific results at different times of the year. So what should you use?
Fall Lawn Fertilizer Schedule
Here you’ll want to give your lawn a boost to promote blade growth with a fertilizer high in Nitrogen. Something like the Bradfield Organics Corn Gluten (9-0-0) or the Greenview Greensmart Fall Lawn Food (22-0-10) which is designed to expedite root growth and nutrient uptake. These fertilizers will help your lawn recover nicely from the tough summer and build root strength as the winter approaches.
While the September application may be of importance, this is truly the essential one. Choosing a fertilizer high in phosphorous will give that already established root system a secondary push through November & early December. By establishing these stronger root systems at this stage, you’ll ensure a quicker green-up in the spring with a more drought and disease resistant lawn. We’d suggest the Greenview Starter Fertilizer (10-18-10) at this stage in the game.
Year Round Lawn Care
Fight the impulse to brush aside lawn care as a Summer task by preparing for next Spring, now. By simply completing a few of these extra steps this fall and showing your yard some TLC, you’ll reap significant benefits come next summer