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Why You Should Fertilize Your Lawn in the Fall

Seeding machine being pushed across a lawn by a lawn care professional from Seacoast Turf Care.

Keeping your lawn happy and healthy isn’t just something we do to make your house look good. Healthy lawns carry an abundance of benefits – from improving air quality and reducing heat to generating oxygen. That’s why important that we make sure that we’re keeping those lawns happy and healthy. One of the best ways to keep your grass in tip-top shape is to fertilize, and Fall is the time to do it! Today, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about fertilizing your lawn late in the fall and why you should do it. Let’s jump right in.

Why Fertilize Your Lawn in the Fall?

When you think about the fall being the best time of year to fertilize, most would think of it as a little counter-intuitive. After all – lawns grow and thrive in the spring and summer, right? You’d be surprised. The fall is actually the best time to fertilize your lawn because its conditions offer an ideal setting for grass to regain its strength. The morning dew delivers moisture that helps the ground absorb fertilizer better and gives it a chance to build stamina before the cold temperatures of the winter set in. Additionally – stronger, deeper root growth almost always leads to a healthier and greener lawn in the spring. While yes – the spring is when everything grows – it’s the fall that’s the best time to feed your lawn. Fertilizer gives it the little extra oomph it needs to succeed once the prime growing season sets in.

When Should I Apply Fertilizer?

Your best bet is to apply fertilizer about 2-3 weeks before the ground freezes. It’s a good idea to do a little research and figure out when the first frost date will be in your area and do it then. In the past, the end of October has always been that time, but with climate change, that has been getting pushed further and further back. Even here on the Seacoast area in New Hampshire, the ground hasn’t totally frozen yet – so there’s still time.

How Do I Fertilize My Lawn?

You’ll want to apply your fertilizer in the morning or the early evening as both times will allow you to avoid warmer daytime temperatures that might work against you and the fertilizer. Also, be sure to mow your lawn beforehand and leave some clippings behind. This will help the soil absorb the fertilizer better and help better maintain temperatures to assist in root growth.

The only thing you want to make sure you don’t do is to fertilize before heavy rain. When it rains, you get runoff and that can be problematic for a variety of reasons – but most of all – it means wasted time and effort on your part. Just be sure you check your forecast before application. Simply put – you want to fertilize your lawn in dry conditions always.

Finally, whenever it comes to working with chemicals – you want to make sure you have a professional involved on some level. Each lawn is its own unique place – and what you use and how you use it is important. If you need help or guidance fertilizing your yard, feel free to give us a call at 603-292-3217 and we’ll provide you with a free consultation.

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