If you want a greener lawn in spring, did you know the most important time to organically fertilize your grass is the fall? Most people guess spring!
The Espoma Organic Company shares why a fall fertilizer — or winterizer — is so important and how to correctly apply this organic lawn food.
Winter Lawn Care Essentials: Boost Your Lawn with an Organic Lawn Winterizer
In the fall and winter, your lawn looks like it’s done growing, but it’s actually flourishing underground. Grass roots are absorbing nutrients so long as the ground isn’t frozen.
Applying a slow-release, organic lawn winterizer supplies your grass with nutrients throughout fall and winter.
A lawn winterizer is simply a food formulated to help your lawn survive winter. Lawn winterizers contain nitrogen to promote thicker, fast-growing grass come spring. This organic, winter fertilizer also possesses potassium to help lawns recover from summer droughts.
In spring, your grass then uses this stored energy to grow greener grass fast — usually by mid-March.
Put Your Lawn to Bed with an Organic Winterizer
- Give Your Lawn a Look. Check if you have cool or warm-season grass. Most areas with freezing winters grow cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass or fescue. Southern regions have warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, Saint Augustine or Zoysia. Only apply winterizer to cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses do not get fertilized at this time.
- Prime Time. Apply an organic lawn winterizer one week after your final mow of the season. Or if it’s easier to remember, apply around the week of Thanksgiving.
- Need to Feed. Spread organic fertilizer onto dry grass. Get step-by-step instructions on applying lawn winterizer here.
Applying a lawn winterizer is like wrapping your lawn up in a cozy blanket and presenting a warm cup of soup. Your lawn stays warm and well-fed during winter, so it can grow back thicker, greener and faster next spring.