Most lawn experts agree that a fall fertilizer application is a good idea in cold-weather climates where winters are a period of dormancy. While lawn care companies and manufacturers of granular and liquid fertilizers recommend fertilization, independent scientific studies from university programs do confirm that late summer and fall are especially good times to fertilize turf lawns.
Fall is the time when cool-season grasses recover from summer stresses such as drought, heat, and disease. If the lawn has been properly fertilized in the late summer and fall, turfgrass can begin to store carbohydrate reserves in the stems, rhizomes, and stolons. These carbohydrate reserves help grass resist winter injury and disease, and serve as a source of energy for root and shoot growth the following spring. Late fall fertilization will also provide better winter color, enhanced spring green-up and increased rooting.
Three good reasons to fertilize your lawn in the fall:
1 – Fall’s morning dew delivers moisture to help turf absorb the fertilizer.
2 -The grass has a chance to build stamina before a chilly winter.
3 – Supporting root growth in fall leads to a healthier, greener lawn in spring.
When to Fertilize
Although the exact timing can vary due to weather conditions and climate zone, the final fertilizer application should be made in mid October in most regions, at the point when the grass has stopped growing or has slowed down to the point of not needing to be mowed. Do not wait until the ground freezes, however. Ideally, there is still active growth occurring, but not enough to warrant mowing.
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