Should I Fertilize My Lawn In the Fall?
Applying fertilizer in the fall is one of the most important and effective ways to improve home lawns. Without proper fertilization, lawns would look exactly like they did in the 19th century; very thin and very weedy!
Since the 1970s, researchers have shown that, while regular fertilizations are required for a consistently healthy lawn, providing that special feeding in the fall can measurably enhance root growth, leading to a thicker, more vigorous lawn the following spring.
Now is the perfect time to fertilize with a timed-release fertilizer containing nitrogen and potassium. When seeding in the fall, using a “starter” fertilizer containing phosphorus, will speed new seedling establishment and is highly recommended.
Homeowners using an experienced, top-quality lawn service, will typically receive this application as a part of the regular program. Since there are many “fertilizers” on the market, some better than others, “Do It Yourselfers” should be careful to select a high-quality product.
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