Current times have seen some reconsideration of the long-standing method of applying fall fertilizer to a garden or lawn. Scientific studies confirm that fall is an excellent time to tackle winter tasks like mulching around trees of putting fertilizer on your lawn.
There are lots of lawn-care programs in cold-weather areas where a fall fertilizer application is advocated. A slight feeding to vegetable gardens or ornamental garden beds replenishes the soil that has been drained by growing plants over the season.
It is suggested that you be cautious of recommendations from fertilizer businesses as their primary interest is to sell products. Get in touch with a reputable tree care company to get your lawn fertilized correctly.
Fall is the time when cool-season grasses recoup from summer stresses like heat and drought. If your lawn has been adequately fertilized in the fall, turfgrass can start to store carbohydrate reserves in the rhizomes, stolons, and stems.
These carbohydrate aids grass in resisting winter’s harm, as well as supply a source of energy for shoot and root growth in the upcoming springtime. Fall fertilizing also delivers better winter color, increased rooting, and enriched spring green-up.
When to Fertilize
Although the precise timing can differ based on the climate and weather conditions, the final fertilizer application must be made sometime in November in most areas. This is the time when the grass stops growing or has slowed to the point mowing is unnecessary.
If you don’t take anything else from this article, consider this: don’t wait until the grass freezes. Don’t ever put fertilizer over ice, snow, or frozen soil.
Nitrogen is the most critical nutrient for a fall fertilizer. A suggested dose for lawns is for 1 lb. of soluble nitrogen be spread over every 1000 square feet. If you have 1.5 to 2 lb. of slow-release nitrogen, it is also suitable for 1000 square feet.
A fertilizer with a high ratio of both potassium and nitrogen is vital for wear tolerance, disease resistance, improved rooting, and cold hardiness. Be cautious about using a fertilizer with a high amount of phosphorus. This nutrient is quite harmful to streams and rivers.
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