Fertilizing our lawn in the fall? Yea that’s a thing. And it’s a good time to do it in the coming weeks.

Throughout the year, our lawns like us, need nutrients to grow. For the grass, nitrogen is the key ingredient. So multiple times a year we spread fertilizer to make the grass grow thicker and greener. This is also the case for the winter months, but it turns out the fertilizer is a little different this time of the year.

For most homeowners, there are three types of fertilizer: High Nitrogen, Weed & Feed, and Fall Formula.

The high nitrogen fertilizer is meant to make everything grow and grow and grow. It’s best to lay this down before it rains, so the raindrops knock the pellet to the ground to be absorbed.

The weed and feed fertilizer is meant to feed your lawn, but also knock out any weeds that have grown. It’s best to lay this down after it rains or early in the morning if there’s dew on the grass. The wet grass blades and weeds will allow the pellet to stick to the blade, leading to a better result.

The fall formula fertilizer is a little different. Over the winter months we of course don’t get as much sun, the temperatures drop, and so as a result the grass tends to go into “hibernation mode”.  But it still wants nutrients during these months. So that’s where the fall fertilizer comes in. It’s a “slow-release” fertilizer, meaning the nutrients within the pellet will be released over the course of a few months, rather than all at once. The pellet has a different coating that over time breaks down. This allows the nutrients inside to be slowly released over time.

Many often ask if they can lay down this fertilizer after a frost. That’s okay, but what you want to do is lay it down before a hard freeze settles in, if that ever happens. Best bay, lay down this fall fertilizer in November or early December.