Fall is the best time to feed your lawn and make sure the nutrient levels are at their optimum growing conditions.
- Soil temperatures still warm, but air temperatures are cooler.
- Rainfall is more likely than during the summer
- The nutrients the grass has stored will help root systems develop
- Grass stores energy reserves as carbohydrates
It’s also a good time to do lawn renovation. Grass will germinate and thrive better in the cooler autumn days. Additionally, any touch up (often required) can happen in the spring, leaving a full season ahead to get more firmly established.
A healthy lawn is also more likely to keep weeds at bay, and offer greater resistances to pests and disease.
In addition to fertilizing, liming and fall aeration can contribute to a healthier lawn.
There are many types of lawn fertilizer, making choices potentially confusing. You may want choose a fertilizer with broad-leaf herbicide treatment. Some fertilizers allow for a quick release of nutrients, others release over a period of time. The slower release fertilizers are generally more appropriate for the spring when their impact can stretch over the summer. In general we discourage the use of high nitrogen fertilizers. They will result in impressive green growth, but not contribute to the health of the root system, which is vital to the health of your lawn. Unless a soil test indicates specific deficiencies, an application of 10-10-10 is what we recommend.