Fall lawn care tips

Sherbrooke Record - - BROMECOUNTY -

Many of us feed our lawns at the first signs of spring, but did you know that autumn is the most im­por­tant time to fer­til­ize?

A lawn fed three to four times a year de­vel­ops a deep root sys­tem to re­sist heat, drought and wear. It also de­vel­ops thick green top growth to nat­u­rally re­sist weeds, dis­ease and in­sects.

Feed­ing be­fore the ground freezes, but af­ter the lawn no longer needs mow­ing, will give your lawn the ex­tra nu­tri­ents it needs dur­ing our long, cold win­ters.

Look for a fer­til­izer with higher ni­tro­gen and potas­sium, the first and last num­bers on the bag. These are the nu­tri­ents that help pro­mote a stronger root struc­ture, dis­ease re­sis­tance and har­di­ness in cold weather. A prop­erly fed lawn pro­duces a deeper root struc­ture, ca­pa­ble of reach­ing wa­ter deep in the soil.

Here are some tips to help you put your lawn to bed for the win­ter:

- Re­view your op­tions at a lawn and gar­den cen­tre by read­ing the bag. Look for higher ni­tro­gen (N) and potas­sium (P) ra­tios.

- Use a qual­ity lawn fer­til­izer spreader or hand­held model to en­sure even feed­ing.

- Don’t ap­ply if heavy rain is ex­pected, and en­sure the last ap­pli­ca­tion is on be­fore the ground is frozen.

- Fer­til­izer can only do its job if it’s on your lawn or gar­den. Sweep any fer­til­izer that lands on side­walks or drive­ways back onto the lawn, avoid­ing sew­ers and wa­ter­ways.

You can safely use any left­over fer­til­izer next year, be­cause fer­til­izer doesn’t ex­pire as long as it’s kept dry. Find more tips for main­tain­ing your lawn’s health on­line at green­er­world.ca.


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