Winter lawn fertilizing, involves simple steps that don’t require lots of time or money. Keep your turf in top shape by preparing for the winter season. When you lawn fertilizing for winter, you’re starting the process for lush, healthy spring lawn.
Know your pH Levels
Determine what nutrients your soil is lacking based of this test by taking a sample of your soil to your local cooperative extension to be analyzed. Based on that analysis they can recommend the proper fertilizer for you lawn and grass type.
The healthiest lawns are fertilized 2-4 times per year, fall, summer, early spring and late spring. Check with your local extension service or garden center to time it right for your region.
Knowing what type of grass you have is the first step in winterizing a lawn.
Warm-season turf includes:
- St. Augustine
Cool-season grasses grow most strongly in fall. Many experts believe cool season grasses should only fertilized once or twice annually.
Cool-season turf includes:
- Fescue Grass
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Perennial Ryegrass
The reason that fall fertilizing is so effective is because plants respond to conditions in fall to start the process of preparing for winter. The conditions and temperature changes, as well as length of days. As days shorten and air becomes cool, plants respond by slowing growth and shifting food reserves to roots instead of the leaves.. As temperatures fall, plant roots stay active in the soil.
Pre and Post-emergent for weed control
If you have problems with weeds it maybe required to use a pre-emergent and post emergent products to kill weeds. Pre-emergent before they are able to grow above the soil. Post emergent to eliminate currently weeds. Please follow the product label for mowing restrictions prior to and after herbicide applications as mowing can negatively impact the efficacy of the herbicide.