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The Easiest and Cheapest Way to Get a Better Lawn

September 6, 2013

Want to look like you know what you are doing when it comes to lawn care AND not dip to far into your wallet to pull it off?  You ask any turf expert how they would spend their first lawn care dollar and they will tell you the same thing I am about to tell you.  (And, I know you will be thanking me later for this very important bit of lawn advice.)  You get the most bang for your buck and your efforts by giving your lawn two feedings in fall.  (If you have a southern grass like Zoysia, Bermuda, Bahia, or St. Augustine your lawn likely only needs a single September feeding.  If you have already fed your Centipede two or three times this year, you can skip any further feeding until next spring.)

Here’s what you need to do for Bluegrass, Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass lawns:  You spread your first fall feeding in September.  That’ll give your lawn a chance to recover from any summer lawn damage.  Now you might not see much improvement at first, but don’t get discouraged.  A lot of the improvement from an early fall feeding is happening underground, as new grass roots develop and spread.  In fact, the underground root development will go on until the ground freezes, long after the first frost.

Within a few weeks, the lawn will start looking healthier.  But the real improvement comes with the second feeding about 6 weeks after the first in late fall.  This one helps to lock in what you’ve just gained, and carry it into the spring.  What’ll happen is that your lawn’s increased root mass will absorb and store the nutrients from the fertilizer.  Once spring arrives, your lawn will quickly tap into these nutrients, for a beautiful burst of green.  In fact, a lawn fed twice in the fall will be the first to green up in the spring!

And I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t emphasize it enough.  When it comes to lawn food, spend the few extra bucks for a really good one.  There are big differences in how lawn foods work, and with a better brand like Scotts you’ll see a big improvement in how your lawn looks!  You can count on it!

Oh by the way, one of these feeding can contain a weed control.  This is a great time of year to kill clover, ground ivy (creeping charlie), dandelions and other weeds.  Just make sure you apply to moist foliage on a day when rain is not expected.  Application to a dew covered lawn in early morning really works well.  And, don’t forget, any newly seeded areas should not be treated with weed control until after your new grass has been mowed 4 times.

Four feedings a year will help make your lawn thicker, give your grass stronger roots, and help your grass compete with weeds.

Four feedings a year will help make your lawn thicker, give your grass stronger roots, and help your grass compete with weeds.

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  1. Thanks for the info we usually do our feedings in October here at but will try to adjust to September.

  2. Greg Mahler permalink

    Ok,I guess that explains fall fertilizer and winterizer fertilizer. I’ll try it.

  3. David Wright permalink

    I just applied a 2 in 1 fertilizer/seed mix on 09/08/13. When is the best time to apply my seconding feeding in the fall?

    • Hi David Wright
      Feed about 4 weeks after seeding with Turf Builder WinterGuard. Do not use a weed control until your new grass has been mowed 4 times.

  4. John permalink

    Like the whole USA is in the same climate zone…Not. How do I get specific info for my area and my type of grass. One size does not fit all!

  5. pnnenno permalink

    Hi Ashton,

    This weed showed up in my mulch beds and lawn in the late summer. What is it and how do I kill it.

    I sprayed it with Weed Be Gone with crabgrass preventer and it did not seem to have any effect on it


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