Many people assume that spring is the best time to lay down new grass seed and fertilizer. The return of warm weather brings other plants, trees, and shrubs back to life, so it only seems to make sense that this would be the best time to encourage new lawn growth with fertilizer, however, this isn’t the case. Keep reading to learn more about the ideal time to fertilize your lawn. 

Why You Should Fertilize during Late Fall

By late fall, any lawn growth above the surface has stopped, but that doesn’t mean that your lawn has gone completely dormant. There is still plenty of activity happening underground. Your lawn still needs air, water, and nutrients during the long winter months. In fact, adding fertilizer and preparing your lawn to weather the winter will help it come back stronger and thicker in the spring. 

When it comes to fertilizing your lawn for the winter, timing is everything. You want to apply fertilizer after your lawn has stopped growing and before the first snow of the season. Basically, as soon as you store your lawnmower away for the winter, it is time to apply some nitrogen-rich fertilizer that will continue to supply the roots with the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. Nourishing the root system and helping it to become thicker will result in a lush lawn once growth resumes above ground.    

Call the Professionals

While it may seem counterintuitive to apply fertilizer in the late fall, this is actually the ideal window of opportunity to give your lawn the boost it needs to come back fuller and thicker in spring. If you need help choosing the right fertilizer and preparing your lawn with aeration techniques, contact JT’s Landscaping today. We have years of experience helping home and business owners throughout Raleigh and the Triangle enjoy beautiful and healthy landscapes.