It’s time to feed the turf! Fall is when cool-season grasses focus on their roots so this is the time to fertilize and plant new seed. The cooler temperatures make food production easier after the hot summer and turfgrass takes this time to grow longer, more extensive roots and to store extra energy in those roots. This easy growth also does wonders for newly germinating grasses.
It’s time for Fall Fertilization
Your Fescue loves the fall! All cool-season grasses are so happy to leave the stress of summer heat behind them they’re hungry to replenish the stores they lost over the summer. Fertilizing cool season lawns in the fall encourages strong and healthy root growth and storage of nutrients for the grass to use in the spring. Healthy roots make healthy lawns (with fewer weeds) so the best thing to do for your lawn right now is keep it fed and watered.
Grass Seed for Renovation, Rejuvenation and Repair
Fall is also the best time to plant grass seed. When turf seed starts in the fall it’s root system has a better chance to grow healthier and more extensive. Full renovation projects are best left for the fall, but lawn rejuvenation (seeding in to your existing lawn) and repairing poor spots benefit from fall seeding too.
Fertilizers like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, when provided so close to the germinating seed provide it a shot of nutrition before the roots even begin development so the grass can germinate more quickly and more healthily.
How much seed?
The amount of seed needed for any lawn project depends on 3 things:
- Size of the area to be seeded
- Type of grass
- Renovation/repair or rejuvenation: will it be planted in to bare ground or existing grass.
Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue have very different seed sizes. Bluegrass is much smaller, so less seed by weight is needed to cover a similar sized area.
Remember, feeding and rejuvenating a lawn depends on healthy soil. Take a thinkSOIL test and receive four seasons worth of recommendations.