Fertilizing your lawn in early spring, when the weather begins to warm up is something that most homeowners are familiar with, as that is when the growing season begins for grass and other plants surrounding the property. However, fertilizer is also a needed treatment for the fall, when the weather begins to cool, as applying that last round of lawn fertilizer will help protect and sustain the lawn once the cooler temperature arrives. These lawn fertilizer nutrients include nitrogen and potassium. By the moving of nutrients from the grass plant to the roots ensures that it will return and be ready for growing season once the weather and soil temperatures start to warm up. In applying a fall winterizer fertilizer to your lawn, you are feeding the active roots and applied them enough food to sustain the winter.
Why does the lawn need Winterizer?
Properly applying winterizer to your lawn will ensure that your lawn comes back in the spring healthy and lush, as that final fertilizer treatment provides the necessary nutrients to the grassroots, especially once the snow falls and covers the top of the lawn. Even though the lawn may appear to “die”, it is actually going into dormancy to protect itself from the cold winter months with minimal sunlight.
Type of grasses in Southeast Michigan
In Southeast Michigan, all lawns contain cool season grasses, such as fescues, bluegrasses, ryegrasses and bentgrasses. Because of the cool season grasses, it is vital to have a fall winterizer applied before the temperature drops. Cool season grasses grow differently than warm-season grasses as the majority of their nutrients are actually pulled in during the fall months to help balance out any stress they may have come under during the summer months, as well as prepare for the winter months. This is why fall winterization and fertilizer is so important in our area.
When does Fall Fertilizer need to be Applied
The process of fall winterization is applying that last application of winterizer fertilizer in October or November. As the daylight begins to shorten and the weather starts to cool down, the grass plant responds by slowing down growth and moving food reserves from the actual grass blade to the grassroots to help sustain it through until next spring. This makes properly adding nitrogen and potassium fertilizer to lawns is important. Even with cooling temperatures, the grassroots continue to remain active in the soil. This makes adding the proper amount of nitrogen and potassium fertilizers to the lawns very important as even with cooling temperatures, the grassroots will continue to remain active in the soil even covered with snow.
Contact us today to learn more about our fall winterizer lawn care application! For a comprehensive plan, see our fall restoration program.