As we move further into the autumn months, we are truly beginning to experience fall here in Columbus. Cooling temperatures, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, crops being harvested, and so on are all reminding factors that winter is on it’s way. When it comes to lawn care, what you do now will influence your lawn next spring.
The Importance of Fall Fertilizing
We have covered some of the basic cultural practices that we can do during the fall to help promote your lawn’s health. Aerating and over seeding practices are about done, but fertilizing is in prime focus right now!
When I first began to learn about lawns, I had a hard time understanding why in the world anybody would want to fertilize late in October and early in November. That just seemed like a crazy idea that marketing gurus were using to sell more products. The fact of the matter is that this is one of the most important feedings of the season.
Dropping Soil Temperatures
When air temperatures begin to drop, they will also affect the temperature of the soil. The soil is where the magic is happening. The roots LOVE the cooler soil temperatures and increased natural precipitation. These two factors along with a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen will make root growth prolific. The increased root growth allows your lawn to come out of dormancy quicker in the spring, with a deeper root system that will help during next summer’s difficult times.
As crazy as it sounds, think about a plant like a person. We are often the most productive when we are in a comfortable atmosphere. Your lawn is no different, and when the soils begin to cool down, they are ready to start kicking!
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Guest Author: Andrew Muntz received his Master’s of Science in Turfgrass science and his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Horticulture at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH.