Best time to fertilize your lawn

Tue. Oct. 4, 2016

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show:  Best time to fertilize your lawn

is NOW until the end of October!  Most plants are shutting down right now but your lawn is actively growing roots.

Use a slow release nitrogen fertilizer with the numbers 45-0-0.  This way you won’t add unneccesary phosphorus or potassium.  The rule of thumb is to apply 1 to 11/2 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft.  This translates to 2 to 3 pounds of Urea per 1,000 sq. ft.

Your lawn will use some of the nitrogen now but the rest will be stored in the soil until Spring!

You can also use a broadleaf herbicide for Creeping Charlie, but don’t expect miracles next year.  ALWAYS follow directions on chemical packages.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

Rather than raking your fallen leaves, mow them over several times to chop them up and leave them on the lawn.  They’ll release a small amount of nitrogen also.  You could also pack those fallen leaves into a plastic bag and surround your tender perennials or rose bushes.  Just use a brick to hold the bags down, making sure not to damage your plant.

Leaves - piled

Those leaves take up space ’til you squish ’em down!  ?  No, this isn’t my place…

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