While the decision of when to fertilize your lawn or plants might seem cut and dry, the best time for fertilization can vary a great deal depending on the grass you have and the weather conditions in your area. Just like you should never automatically cut your grass according to a “one size fits all” schedule, you should not start fertilization without working with a lawn care professional like JFC Grounds Maintenance.
Why Would You Fertilize in the Late Summer or Early Fall?
In many cases, lawns are worse for wear by the time that September rolls around. The summer can be harsh and hot, which is not good for all of the plant life outside of your home. Giving your lawn a boost from fertilizer can help to encourage grass regrowth before the fall and nourish the lawn that is left.
If you have a warm-season grass, it’s best to fertilize during the warmer months. If you have St. Augustine grass or Bermuda grass, that means that late August and early September are the perfect times to nourish your lawn. If you have a cool-season grass like fescue or bluegrass, late fall is a better time to fertilize.
Before you start the fertilization process, you should make sure that you avoid the most common late summer and early fall fertilizing mistakes:
- Don’t fertilize if you are still in a drought.
- Water your grass before you start fertilizing.
- Always fertilize all of the lawn, including the edges.
- Avoid giving your lawn too much fertilizer, as this can lead to a variety of diseases.
Trust JFC Grounds Maintenance
If you are interested in keeping your lawn fertilized and in excellent condition all year long, you can rely on our groundskeeping and gardening experts. Ready to get your yard in excellent shape for the fall? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call today at (410) 655-2887.