Feed Now For a Greener Spring Lawn

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Although fall is a time to relax and watch football, don’t tune out until lawn care tasks are complete. Next year’s lawn will be the greener for it.

Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass and fescue, grow the most in cooler fall months, which makes now the most important time to feed.  

Keep grass growing longer and provide needed nutrients for quick green in spring. Besides, fertilizing in fall means the lawn is good to go until late spring.

How to Fertilize Cool-Weather Grasses in Fall:

  1. Applying a “weed and feed” fertilizer helps keep weeds down. Check the fertilizer packaging if you intend to reseed this fall. You will not be able to reseed in at least 3-4 weeks.
  2. Choose a lawn fertilizer for cool-season grasses that is higher in nitrogen (N) than phosphorus (P) or potassium (K). (30-3-3)
  3. Apply fertilizer with a broadcast spreader at least 30 days before the predicted first frost. Apply half of the fertilizer in horizontal rows and the other half in vertical rows.
  4. Run a sprinkler over the lawn for 30 minutes.  

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