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Fall and Winter Lawn Fertilization

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Almost everyone wants a great looking yard, plush and green and void of weeds. However, it sometimes becomes a double edge sword. If you pull all the recommended management practices on your lawn that I have mentioned for years, certainly your lawn will look great but you will be cursing me as to the number of times you have had to mow.

If you accept the extra mowing time, keep in mind that there needs to be adequate fertilization during all the grass growing season. Because we are now into September, its a great time to fertilize your lawn especially after coming out of summer and second, the grass roots need to have a boost of quality root growth to get them into the winter months.

The fertilizer you want to use now is a slow release nitrogen fertilizer that will provide nitrogen to the grass roots over a two month period of root growth. The healthier the root system before winter, the better your lawn will look next year.

The slow release fertilizers are labeled. On most packages, they usually tell you how many square feet that package covers in your lawn. It's usually 3-5 thousand square feet coverage.

You aren't done yet. The next vital and probably most important time to fertilize lawn is in November. The important reasoning here is to keep the grass roots growing all winter long even while the top part of the grass goes dormant. Keep in mind that your grass roots, as well as your tree and shrub roots, grow all winter long unless the ground freezes up.

Follow these recommendations of September and November fertilization and you can think of me next year with a quality looking lawn, but you will need to mow more frequently. That's that double edge sword I mentioned.


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