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Your Lawn’s Root Cellar

September 14, 2012

As a kid, I loved visiting my grandparent’s farm.  They had lots of things you couldn’t find in my house, and one was an old-fashioned root cellar – a kind of underground food storage pantry.  Well, the roots of your lawn function in the same way.  And now is the time to fill them up with food for the winter.

Feeding your lawn twice this fall is the perfect way to pack nourishment into your lawn’s roots, and keep it there over the winter.  So in early spring, when your grass is at its hungriest, it’ll already have its own built-in storehouse of food.  And you’ll have a green lawn longer this fall and the first green lawn on the block come spring.

Put down Scotts Turf Builder as soon as you can and then feed again in about 6 weeks with Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard.  Your neighbors will all think you are the lawn care guru on your block.

(Note:  For southern grasses, like Zoysia and Bermudagrass, one feeding is all you need this fall.  For Centipedegrass, you can skip the fall feeding.)

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  1. Ashton
    company came out today and finally got my lawn aeration done that was requested at the end of August. i am getting ready to overseed with Kentucky Blue and fertilze with Scotts Starter and also plan to follow up in November with Scott’s Turfbuilder any time fertilizer. my question is will i still get good results planting my grass the last week of September?

    • Hi Larry
      Suggest you go ahead with the seeding. I know it is late according to the calendar, however there have been years where I have seed seedings at this time in your planting zone do just fine. It all depends on how quick the soil gets cold. Your feeding plan is good. Do your November feeding during the first couple of weeks of Nov.

      • Ashton
        i have one more question: If the seed does not completly germinate from now until the middle of October will we still have germination in the spring or will the Northwest Indiana winter temperatures ruin the seed

      • Hi Larry A light frost does not harm the new seedlings, however if you think you are going to get a bunch of days in a row of weather in the 20’s within a couple of weeks of seeding, you could have freezing/thawing soil that actually pushes young seedlings out of the ground before they have much of a root system. The seed that has started to germinate in fall and is not really established could die with this kind of weather and will not grow in spring. If you wait to seed after you have a weather that is consistently in the 20’s, that seed will lay there and grow in spring. The winter will not harm it if it has not started to grow. This is called dormant seeding and you can find artilcles on the internet about this practice. Good Luck.

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