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Why it’s Best to Fertilize Your Turf in the Fall

Fall is here, and it is time to fertilize your turf!

We love to glide our toes through our lush grass. Do you know that our turf does far more than just look and feel great?

Our turf helps improve air quality, generate oxygen, and reduce heat by at least 20 degrees. This is another good reason for us to ensure that our turf stays healthy!

One of the best ways you can keep your grass healthy and vibrant is to fertilize. Contrary to what most people think, fall is the most important fertilization season of the year, not spring.

Here are some turf fertilization tips from Southern Botanical, your residential landscape contractors in Dallas, TX.

Why fall is the best time to fertilize your turf

The heat during summer and spring can be stressful for our lawns. The cooler temperatures of fall gives the perfect setting for your turf to regain its strength.

  • During fall, your grass builds its stamina before the winter.
  • The morning dew during fall gives moisture, helping your turf absorb the nutrients from the fertilizer better.
  • Supporting your turf’s root growth during the fall season leads to a greener and healthier lawn come spring.

When is it best to apply fertilizer?

The best time to apply lawn fertilizer is two to three weeks before the ground freezes. It’s best to determine the first frost date in your area so you can determine an exact date. The first frost date is normally a good time to fertilize.

When is the best time of the day to fertilize?

Fertilizing during the morning or early evening is best. Avoid fertilizing during the daytime when the temperatures are warm, as it will work against the fertilizer.

Should I mow the lawn before I fertilize?

Yes! It’s always good idea to start with a clean slate before fertilizing. Mow the lawn first, then fertilize. Just be sure to leave some clippings of grass behind.

Should I fertilize before it rains?

To avoid runoff, it is not advisable to fertilize before a heavy rain. It’s best to check the weather forecast before you start. If it does rain, allow the grass blades to dry before fertilizing.

Remember, it is always best to use very little fertilizer rather than too much! If you need help with fall tree and turf fertilization for a green, healthy lawn all-year long, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Southern Botanical, your landscape contractors in Dallas, TX.