Last week we started discussing the steps for caring for your lawn this fall.  One important step that many homeowners skip is the fertilization of the grass.  “Why fertilize it now?  It’s just going to die at the first frost anyway?” Good question.  Let’s examine fall fertilization and how it can benefit your lawn now and next spring.

During the winter months while our beautiful lawn is hidden under many inches and sometimes feet of snow, we don’t even give a second thought about the grass that is under there surviving it its dormancy period.  In fact many people mistakenly give up on their grass during the heat of August.  What we don’t usually realize is that the roots are still growing and need all of the stored energy and nutrients that it saved from the fall.  Therefore, it is essential to fertilize during the fall months to give those roots the right amount of nutrients and energy it will need to make it through these harsh New England winters.

Most of New England consists of cooler grasses thus making early fall an optimal time to fertilize.  Cool season grasses grow rapidly in spring and fall.  If you only fertilize once a year, the best time to do it is around Labor Day.  Make that one fertilization count by choosing a high quality fertilizer.  What type of fertilizer?  Top quality lawn fertilizers contain slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen. Look on the label for slow-release  label or contact a professional lawn care company like Brookwood to assess the needs of your lawn and find a fertilizer that is right for the type of grass in your yard.  In either case, read the directions carefully to apply the right amount at the right time to keep your grass looking healthy this fall and give it the boost it needs to make it through the winter.