Planning for Fall Fertilization
Why Make a Fall Fertilizer Application
As we approach the fall season, the environment transitions to cooler temperature and different sun angles for less intense heat throughout the afternoon. This is the best time of the year for summer recovery, and this sets the tone for healthier turf in the spring. Fertilizing your turf in the fall allows the turf to stimulate root growth and feed on the fertilizer throughout the winter for a constant flow of nitrogen. This provides the plant with a little in the tank for an earlier green-up process in the spring.
Timing Your Next Application
The fall fertilization season for turf can start as early as September 1 and last into the middle of October. It is ideal to spread your fall fertilizer while the turf is actively growing, about a month before the first freeze and before the late-fall cold temperatures (highs between 30°F and 40°F) really set in.
How to Apply the Fertilizer
As you think about the application process, there are a few factors to keep in mind. It is good to mow the grass and then broadcast your fertilizer to ensure the fertilizer doesn’t get tracked, picked up by a mower with a bagger, or dispersed. You should also take into account the amount of rain forecasted. Try and apply before a light rain and not before a heavy rain to avoid runoff.