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Remember to Feed Your Shade Lawn

October 28, 2016

For those of you with northern lawns (cool-season grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass, Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass), remember to feed your lawn the is fall with Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard.  When you fertilize while your grass receives sunlight you maximize photosynthesis, which builds carbohydrate reserves in the grass roots to help when sunlight is limited during shady times.  So feed shady lawns just prior to or after tree leaves drop AND again in spring before tree leaves develop.

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This Fescue lawn in Atlanta receives about 4 hours of filtered sunlight a day.

And the good news:  You do not need to rake your leaves if you are able to mow them to dime size or smaller.  Research has shown that this mowing practice along with a good feeding of Turf Builder WinterGuard helps to compost the tree leaves in place to benefit your grass and soil.

Here is a link to one of my blog postings that gives 6 tips for growing grass in the shade.

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