If your lawn wasn’t the greenest this year, and you live in Northwest Indiana, do not wait till next spring to do something about it. October and November are the best times to help your lawn make its triumphant come back and to plant the seeds for your greenest, healthiest lawn ever. Today, you’ll learn why fall lawn fertilizer is the secret to next year’s greenest grass ever!
According to Perma-Green’s Steve Daly, most people think they can skip fertilizing and lawn treatments in the fall because they think their lawns are about to go dormant.
This is the biggest mistake you can make. When your lawn is getting ready to go dormant it’s the most important time to winterize your yard.
Strong roots equal healthy yard… and your fall lawn treatment is the secret!
So why is it so important to finish the season with winterizing nutrients? The answer reveals itself in the old adage, strong roots equal a healthy yard. Your fall lawn fertilization and winter treatment will get your roots that last bit of nutrients before going dormant. That way, when spring hits, your yard has the nutrients it needs to wake up and continue to be strong and healthy.
A strong foundation for your lawn is critical to a healthy lawn when the next summers heat sets in.
Ever notice why people that work with a good lawn care expert seem to maintain a healthy green lawn while all the other lawns in the neighborhood start turning brown? It’s likely because the lawn care company utilized the right fall program.
Why fall fertilizing is the most important lawn feeding of the year! The secret is revealed in this comparison.
So why is fall fertilization the most important lawn feeding of the year and so significant to the health of your lawn? To answer this, we once again turn to Perma-Greens Steve Daly. Daly likes to use an analogy to help his customers understand.
The grueling hot and dry conditions take an exhausting toll on the roots and reserves of the grass. A marathon runner must prepare for months to build the proper reserves and nutrients to endure the physical strain. You would not run a marathon without proper preparation. -Steve Daly
With Daly’s analogy, we circle back to our adage, strong roots equal a healthy lawn…and healthy roots need the right nutrients and consistent feeding throughout the year. So for the best yard possible, stick to the program throughout the year. Consistency wins the race!
How to rejuvenate your lawn? It starts with fall fertilizer and winterization
OK… you tried the DIY lawn plan with dismal results. Perhaps you didn’t even feed your lawn and your lawn is an embarrassment? Maybe your lawn was damaged by the summer’s drought? If you’re a homeowner in Northwest Indiana, now is the time to rejuvenate your lawn! Taking the right actions in October, November and even December will do more than just rejuvenate your lawn, it will set the stage for your best lawn ever next spring.
The future is now! That’s right, start when you finish. You’ll be glad you did next year when your lawn is the pride of the neighborhood!
“A beautiful lawn doesn’t happen by itself'”. Taking time to treat your lawn in October and November, when it needs it the most, can turn your neighbors’ head – but make no mistake about it, the biggest advantage of fall lawn fertilization and grass winterizer treatments are rewarded next spring and summer. You’ll also love the anticipation of knowing that when the snow thaws, you’ll hit the ground running with your best lawn ever!
The best time to start your lawn care plan is the opposite of what most people think!
If your lawn failed to live up to expectations this summer, don’t wait until next spring to take action. October and November are a great time to call a lawn care expert to discuss rejuvenating your lawn with a full-season lawn care plan.
Look for an established lawn care company with proven experience in treating your lawn’s soil composition and regional conditions. Be cautioned of companies that don’t have roots in the area, because the best plans are not generic. Any great lawn care package should start with a lawn evaluation and a free estimate. While it may not cost you anything, the estimates take time and come with training and experience. A local lawn care company like Steve Daly’s Perma-Green values the estimate as a long term investment in creating a relationship between you, your lawn, and his company.
Based on Perma-Green’s reputation in Northwest Indiana, I would recommend calling Steve or contacting him with this link. Steve is a great guy and will personally visit your lawn to make certain he can give the best options and choices.
Perma-Green’s Fall Tips.
In addition to applying a fall lawn fertilizer and winterizer treatment, Perma-Green recommends performing a few key maintenance practices now that will help get your lawn back in shape and prepare it for next spring and summer. Controlling perennial weeds, fertilizing, establishing new turf with seed and aeration are basic maintenance practices commonly performed during the next couple of months.
• Controlling perennial weeds – Annual weeds such as crabgrass and goosegrass die with the first hard frost in the fall. Weeds with annual lifecycles should be controlled during the spring and early summer months. Perennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, ground ivy (creeping Charlie), white clover, and broadleaf plantain are best controlled during the fall months as temperatures cool.
While these weeds may be removed by hand, such control often is temporary as the weeds will regenerate from deep taproots or special creeping stems called stolons. Broadleaf herbicides provide the best control and may be applied as a spray.
Daly cautions against over or underuse and recommends handling with extreme caution. His Perma-Green technicians are certified, licensed, and accredited through the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. This is especially significant to homeowners that have children, pets, or like to walk barefooted in their lawn.
• Thicken existing turf with fertilizer – One of the best strategies to control weeds is by having a healthy, thick lawn. However, most lawns struggle to grow during the hot summer months, especially if rainfall is scarce and the lawn is not irrigated.
Many times by the end of summer the turf declines to the point that bare soil is exposed. Fertilizer can help stimulate the growth of the existing turf and help fill in the thin spots. Two or three fertilizer applications may be applied during the next couple of months depending on the level of recovery that is required.
Often, Perma-Green applies the final fertilizer application after the grass has stopped growing. This strategy is known as “late fall fertilization” and will help your lawn develop a stronger root system and green-up faster the following spring.
• Establish new turf with seed – Sowing seed may be necessary if your lawn has been damaged to the extent that the growth of the grass will not fill in areas of exposed soil. Seed germinates readily in late summer/early fall if the seedbed is kept moist. Perma-Green’s recommendation of the seed depends on your lawn’s soil, sun, and use.
Use Kentucky bluegrass alone or mixed with perennial ryegrass if your lawn receives full sun. If the lawn receives both sun and shade, use a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue. Fine fescue should be used alone in areas that receive heavy shade. Difficult growing areas such as a boulevard or areas surrounded by concrete can be sown primarily with tall fescue mixed with a small amount of Kentucky bluegrass.
• Aeration – Consider aerating the lawn if extensive seeding is necessary. Aeration removes cores of soil without disrupting the turf canopy. Pass over the area at least two times, each in a different direction.
Perma-Green recommends applying Autumn fertilizer and seed to the area and to lightly water the area to moisten the soil surface. The seed will migrate into the holes and germinate. Aerification is also routinely performed during the fall months to loosen the soil which has been compacted from heavy traffic. It is also used to prevent thatch build-up.
Thatch is a layer of organic debris that forms between the soil surface and turf. Too much thatch is bad for your lawn. It causes poor rooting and may lead to diseases.
Why Fall Lawn Fertilizer treatments are the secret to next year’s greenest grass ever!
Fall lawn fertilizer treatments will provide essential nutrients to your lawn before it becomes dormant this winter. A well-planned lawn care package will contain a fall fertilizer to stimulate the growth of new roots while winterizer fertilizer feeds essential nutrients to the roots- so that when the ground thaws, your lawn has the nutrients needed for next year’s greenest grass ever!
Written by Jim Jano Janesheski
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