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How to Get the Most Bang for Your Lawn Care Buck?

November 3, 2015

It’s early November and doing something for your lawn may not be on your radar. But it should be.  If you have a Bluegrass, Fescue or Ryegrass lawn, your grass roots are still growing in your soil that is warmer than air temperatures.  Even if you’ve already fed this fall, another feeding now can really help build these grass roots.  So put on your gloves and ear muffs and get out your lawn spreader, and feed your lawn one more time with Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Lawn Food.

You won’t be alone. Expert turf researchers will be doing the same thing with their lawns.  For example, Ohio State University turf experts say you should get your last winterizing feeding down by the middle of November.  Virginia Tech, Penn State and Michigan State Agronomists also agree that you get a big benefit from a November feeding. So, even if you are in the far north, this coming weekend is not too late to get your lawn fed.

I have more good news for you. Rather than raking your tree leaves, save time by mowing them to dime size just prior to feeding. This will help them “compost on your lawn”.  The key to this working is to feed after you have mowed the leaves to get them down to dime size.

One last bit of advice. If you’ve got weeds and want to spread Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed and Feed instead of Turf Builder WinterGuard, your mid-day temps need to still reach 60 degrees the day you apply. Be sure to apply your Weed and Feed when the grass is moist and rain is not forecasted for 24 hours.

Late Fall is a great time to feed your lawn to build grass roots. The payoff is a stronger long next year.

Late Fall is a great time to feed your lawn to build grass roots. The payoff is a stronger lawn next year.

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  1. Devin permalink

    How long should I wait after aerating and overseeding my lawn to apply Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed and Feed? I live in the Northeast.

    • Hi Devin
      If you aerate and seed you will not want to use a weed control until your new grass has been mowed 4 times. If you seed now in the Northeast you may not see germination until spring if your weather turns cold. So, your alternatives: 1. Aerate now without overseeding and you can put down Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed and Feed with no waiting period. OR 2. Aerate now and overseed, however I would use Starter Lawn Food instead of WinterGuard Lawn Food. If your seed does not germinate now because of cold weather you will want to use a crabgrass preventer next spring that is compatible with grass seed germination as a regular crabgrass preventer will hinder grass seed germination next spring. You would also hold off using a weed control until next spring after your new grass has been mowed 4 times. Good luck with your lawn.

  2. Carrol permalink

    I just had my lawn aerated 3 days ago Can I apply a fungicide since my lawn has a fungal disease or do I need to wait?

    • Hi Carrol
      Yes, Carrol you can apply a lawn fungicide. Also, if you have not fed recently, you can feed your lawn.

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