Fall Lawn Treatment – Winterizing Your Lawn and Garden
Lawns in North Texas seen many extreme temperatures during the summer, therefor the best time of the year to fertilize your lawn is early fall. Excessive heat will keep your lawn constantly drawing nutrients from the soil to thrive. One application fall lawn treatment before the winter will rejuvenate your soils nutrients by next spring.
How Fertilizing Helps
Fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants and lawn’s roots, giving them a strong foundation to thrive next spring.
The different types of fertilizer you should buy depends on the the formula, which is represented by three numbers. For example 5-10-5.
- The first number represents nitrogen content, to which promotes blade and foliage growth.
- Second number represents phosphorus, which helps root stay strong and have deep growth.
- Third for potassium, which promotes cell function and absorption of nutrients.
Before you apply fertilizer, you should know what your soil consist of, as well as knowing your grass type is. Grasses usually require specific nutrients from fertilizer, thus and having your soil tested is the best method to find out what nutrients are in the soil and what you would need to add to accommodate your sod requirements.
When to Fertilize?
During the fall season the best time for the 1st application is right after the summer season. You want to give your roots enough time to grow deep and strong to insulate before the cold arrives. Please note that you should fertilize your lawn when dry, then follow up with a good watering to wash fertilizer off the blades of grass and drain into the soil.
The ideal time for the 2nd is to apply fertilizer is before the temperatures drop below freezing. Apply at the end of October or early November is advised. The additional phosphorus will stimulate root growth and establish deeply into the soil. By helping roots grow before winter sets in, you are insuring that the lawn will green-up quicker in the spring and become more resistant to disease and drought.
Fall is also a great time to fertilize shrubs and trees as well. This is because most of them are located in mulch beds that use up nitrogen as they decompose. To compensate, applying one to three pounds of slow-release nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of bed and spread lightly. Fertilizing trees around late September to early October does promotes root growth. These nutrients will still be in the soil come spring when plants start to grow. As you can tell, the basic goal of fall fertilizing is to promote root growth. When you have strong roots, you have healthy plants with bountiful flowering blooms.
Timing the applications
Whatever type of fertilizer you choose, apply it the day of your watering day. This will help minimize stripes and missed spots. The best time would be right before rainy weather. Please also keep in mind to apply fertilizer well before and freezing weather conditions. Following an annual fertilization plan keeps your lawn looking good and healthy.
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