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Archive date:  October 23, 2015

Planning Ahead

For a greener lawn in spring, the most important time to organically fertilize your grass is the fall

While most people might guess spring, here’s why fall fertilizer is so important, and how to correctly apply organic lawn food. So, exactly what is the difference between a fall fertilizer and a winterizer? Actually none.  Winterizer is a term that helps homeowners understand the need for late-season turf nutrition; it's marketing.

In the fall and winter, your lawn may look like it’s finished growing, but it’s actually flourishing underground. Grass roots are absorbing nutrients so long as the ground isn’t frozen. Applying a slow-release, organic lawn fertilizer supplies your grass with nutrients throughout fall and winter. A lawn winterizer is simply a food formulated to help your lawn survive winter, and be in top shape for spring. In the spring, your grass then uses this stored energy to grow greener grass fast — usually by early to mid-March.

Put Your Lawn to Bed with an Organic Feeding

1. Give Your Lawn a Look. Check if you have cool or warm-season grass. Most areas with freezing winters grow cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass or fescue. Southern regions have warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, Saint Augustine or Zoysia. Since we are in the heart of the ‘transition zone’ you may have either. Only apply winterizer to cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses do not get fertilized at this time.
2. Prime Time. Apply fall lawn fertilizer one week after your final mow of the season. If it’s easier to remember, simply apply the week of Thanksgiving.
3. Need to Feed. Spread organic fertilizer onto dry grass. Get step-by-step instructions on applying lawn fertilizer here.

By the way, it is not just lawns that need fertilizer.  All plants perform their best when they are at optimum fertility.  Not only will they grow-off better next spring; they are naturally more resistant to pests and disease because of their healthy condition.  The best chance to get new plants off to a healthy start begins with soil preparation. You only need to know one word: EarthMix®.

David Bates