Our Lawn Care Expert’s Advice For Choosing The Best Time To Fertilize Your Lawn

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While it may seem like the start of spring is the right time to fertilize your grass, Rob Palmer told House Digest why it’s imperative to give your lawn fertilizer during late fall if you live in a cooler climate or in the summer if you live in a warmer area. In places with harsh winters, the cold, ice, and snow can be hard on your plants. Giving grass food in spring can help growth and fertilizing before winter sets in can help the plant prepare. “Fertilizer applied during this time is converted at a much higher rate and stored as carbohydrates in the root system, providing the grass with the necessary energy to thrive and recover after the winter stress,” he said. 

This is a great system for yards that go through frigid winters, but in places with warmer winters, it’s best to give your grass food when it’s working hard to grow. Palmer explained that fertilizing in the summer will help “provide the nutrients to support active growth.” In areas where temperatures stay between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the summer, warm season grasses will be continuously growing, which is why this is the best time to give your grass some food. “Fertilizing at proper rates during these growing temperatures allows the grass to utilize the nutrients from fertilizer, along with the carbohydrates produced during photosynthesis, to produce new root, shoot, and stem growth,” Palmer said. 

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