After the heat and pressures of summer, cooler temperatures bring a welcome respite to your lawn. With cooler temperatures, your lawn is more able to recovers and regenerates, and gives your lawn an opportunity to store nutrients and to get ready for the winter to come.
That’s why it’s important to take special care of your lawn during this time of year. Weed control is a must to reduce competition for light and nutrients. Regular fertilization (every 6-8 weeks) becomes very critical to your turf’s health – both for this year, and preparation for a healthy lawn next year. Choose a balanced fertilizer, like a 16-16-16 blend. The numbers on the fertilizer bags – 16-16-16 – refer to the percentage of the three major nutrients you lawn needs, Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potash, respectively. Giving your lawn a balanced fertilizer is like giving yourself a balanced diet, it just makes sense!
2 or 3 treatments in the fall are about what your lawn needs, or like I mentioned, every 6-8 weeks. Don’t be afraid of a late application either, as your last treatment or winterizer treatment can be done even very late in November, or very early December.
As always, it is important to remember that as temperatures come down, so does your lawn’s need for water. Click here to watch our video on how to correctly water your lawn, and to see our video demonstration of how to water your lawn here in the Boise area. Remember, your lawn CANNOT overcome poor watering practices no matter how much you kill weeds or fertilize.
We always say that if there were just one or two applications that you did each year, the best time to do it would be in the fall!