Should you fertilize your lawn this fall? Yes .Here is Why and How!

By: Jean Boynton

Should you fertilize your lawn this fall? Yes .Here is Why and How!

Tags: maintenance,green lawn,fertilize

 

Summer heat is stressful on our lawns.

Fall’s cooler temperatures provide the perfect setting for lawn to regain strength.Fall is the best and most important time to fertilize your lawn because:
• Fall’s morning dew delivers moisture to help turf absorb the fertilizer.
• The grass has a chance to build stamina before a chilly winter.
• Supporting root growth in fall leads to a healthier, greener lawn in spring.

While fall is naturally good for feeding our lawn, you can deliver an extra oomph by fertilizing as best as you can, too.
Understanding and implementing a well-balanced fertilizer program is one of the most important factors in maintaining an attractive healthy lawn. The three main nutrients required by lawns are:

Nitrogen promotes dark green colour, leaf and blade development, and density of the turf. Phosphorus is important for good root and rhizome development and promotes plant maturity. Potassium contributes to the general vigour of the plant and promotes wear, drought tolerance and winter hardiness
fall fertilization with a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer is beneficial for home lawns. Apply when the lawn has stopped growing but is still green.

Overseeding is a method of thickening up a lawn that has become thin or damaged by insects, diseases, weeds, drought, excessive traffic or other types of damage. To ensure success, add compost, peat or topsoil before overseeding. 

Overseed at double the seeding rate for establishing a new lawn. The best time to overseed a lawn is in the fall (mid-August to mid-September). Keep the overseeded area moist by watering several times a day. One week after seeding, reduce watering to twice a day until seedlings are established.