Believe it or not, your lawn improves air quality, reduces heat by 20 to 30 degrees and also generates oxygen. Just a few of the reasons why you need to ensure your lawn stays healthy. One of the best ways to keep grass vibrant on the surface and healthy down under where the roots are, is lawn fertilization. And now is the most important fertilization of the year – not spring, as many people tend to believe!
Should you mow first? Wait until after it rains? Or wait until the best time of day to fertilize the lawn?
Why Fertilize Your Myrtle Beach Lawn in Fall – The Best Month and Time of Day to Fertilize
The summer heat is stressful on your lawn. The cooler temperatures in fall provide a good setting for your lawn to regain strength before winter arrives.
Fall is the best and most important time to fertilize your lawn because:
- The morning dew delivers moisture to help turf absorb the fertilizer.
- The grass has a chance to build stamina before freezing night time temps arrive
- Supporting root growth in the fall months leads to a healthier, greener lawn in spring.
When in fall should you apply fertilizer to your lawn?
Between mid September and late October is good around the Myrtle Beach area. This makes it so you are assured of getting the fertilizer down a good 2 to 3 weeks before the ground freezes.
It is important that fall fertilization not be confused with winter fertilization. The latter is when fertilizer applications are made after the turf has lost most or all of its green color and is not actively growing. This differs notably from the fall fertilization before the turf loses its green color in the late fall.
Is there a best time of day for lawn fertilization?
There is! The ideal time of day to fertilize is in the morning or early evening. Both times avoid the hot sun and daytime temperatures we can still experience in our area. Warmer mid-day temps tend to work against fertilizer.
Should the lawn be mowed first?
Ideally you want to mow the lawn right before you fertilize. Leave some grass clippings behind to help the roots.
Should lawn fertilization be applied before rain?
Never fertilize lawns before a heavy rain to avoid runoff, so check the forecast before you start. And if it recently rained, let the grass blades dry before fertilizing.
Fall is also a great time to fertilize shrubs and trees. They need fertilizer too because most of them are located in mulch beds that use up nitrogen as they decompose. So don’t forget these areas at the time of your fall fertilization.
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