Fall Feeding: Preparing Your Lawn for a Lush Spring
After a summer filled with outdoor gatherings, barbecues, and games on your lawn, you might be tempted to let your lawn take a break as cooler weather approaches. But here's the secret your lawn wants you to know: fall is its favorite time of year! In the Northeast, where our lawns are primarily composed of cool-season grasses like Fescue, Ryegrass, and Bluegrass, the arrival of fall brings the perfect conditions for growth and rejuvenation.
Cool-season grasses thrive in temperatures between 60°F and 75°F, making spring and fall the ideal seasons for their development. As September settles in, your lawn is busy pushing out fresh growth, establishing new roots, and storing essential nutrients to endure the winter and prepare for a vibrant spring. To support your lawn during this crucial time, it's essential to provide the right nutrients, and that's where fall fertilization comes in.
The Power of Fall Fertilization
While many homeowners are diligent about fertilizing in the spring, the late summer/early fall period is the most critical time of the year to feed your lawn in the Northeast. In fact, if you can only manage one application of fertilizer annually, September is the month to do it. Additional applications can be made in the spring (around May) and late fall (in November).
What to Use in Fall
At Wolf Hill, we carry a fantastic selection of Johnathan Green lawn fertilizers suitable for different seasons and lawn care needs. Here are a few options to consider for your fall lawn feeding:
1. Veri-Green Lawn Food: This versatile fertilizer can be used year-round, making it an excellent choice for fall. It provides a well-rounded mix of nutrients to keep your lawn healthy and resilient.
2. Weed and Feed: If weeds are still a concern in your lawn during this time of year, consider using a Weed and Feed product to address both fertilization and weed control.
3. Winter Survival: Specifically designed for fall application, Winter Survival fertilizer is high in potassium. This nutrient promotes deep root growth, making your grass more drought-tolerant. It also helps prevent disease over the winter and encourages early green-up in the spring.
Bonus Tip: Grub Control
If you've been dealing with grub infestations and are seeking an effective, chemical-free solution, look no further than our new grubGONE! grub killer. This product uses natural bacteria to target beetle larvae (grubs) that can harm your lawn. Certified for organic lawn care, this easy-to-apply granule effectively controls all types of invasive turf grubs without harming pets, beneficial insects, or earthworms. It's not only highly effective but also over twice as efficient as GrubEx against late summer and fall turf grubs, which continue feeding until soil temperatures get down to 50°-55°F.
Your Lawn Will Thank You
Remember, you can apply fertilizer and grub control to your lawn on the same day. Visit Wolf Hill, and our experts will guide you in getting your lawn in the best shape it's ever been. Your lawn will thank you next spring with a lush, vibrant carpet of green.