Fall is the very best time to fertilize your yard for many reasons. Cooler weather helps the grass absorb more of the nutrients of the fertilizer, plus there is a slightly less chance that a rain storm will be heavy enough to wash most of it away.One tip for fertilizing your lawn in the Fall is to use any grass clipping you have saved from the summer mowing’s. These are free and will help your grass stay protected from the colder temperatures. Grass clippings provide a natural way of fertilization by adding more nitrogen.
Secondly, have your soil tested before applying any fertilizer to it. You can do this by taking a sample to a local garden department that sells plants or take it to a nursery that provides the service. They will be able to tell you exactly what your lawn is lacking, and fertilizing it in the Fall will give it quite a few months to absorb the nutrients it needs.
When you purchase a ready made lawn fertilizer make sure you follow the directions precisely according to the instructions. Not doing so can cause your lawn to burn or die out completely. In the case of Fall fertilizers, more is not always better. If your yard slopes, you may want to skip fertilizing that section of it. If it happens to rain the run-off can pollute any nearby waters. If you are unsure about what type of Fall fertilizer to place on your yard, call a lawn professional in for advise.
To be more “Green” minded about fertilizing your lawn for Fall, try using organic or natural types of fertilizer. There are many on the market if you don’t have the necessary organic material saved yourself. Besides, organic material releases more slowly into the ground, not only causing less pollution but allowing your lawn to slowly absorb what it needs. If the type of fertilizer you choose has to be watered after the application, try watering right before it gets dark. This will not only save water but will allow the fertilizer to dissolve better without the direct sun heating it.
For most lawns you will want to apply the Fall fertilizer anywhere between August and October. If you live in an extra warm climate, the later in the Fall the better. One of the most well known types of fertilizers to apply to your lawn during the Fall is called Pennington Lawn Winterizers. This formula is specifically meant to be used as a Fall fertilizer for your lawn. It helps to prevent damage to your grass during the Winter and will keep fertilizing for up to four months. It is available for $17.99 on their web site. A twenty pound bag covers a 6,000 square feet area.