This final application of the year is a specially formulated fertilizer that will provide nutrients to stimulate root growth and to store carbohydrates in the roots of the grass.
This gives the turfgrass extra strength to survive the winter and provides for an early spring green-up while minimizing excessive shoot growth and disease problems.
The importance of strengthening the root system of turfgrasses cannot be overemphasized. The grass roots are hidden from view and often not given the consideration they deserve. Roots function to anchor the plants in the soil and, of course, to absorb water and nutrients.
This time of the year is a period of active root growth and by fertilizing now we will strengthen plants that may be recovering from pest injury or damage from environmental stresses.
Customer Follow-UpToday's application was a granular application so you can mow your lawn or rake the leaves immediately after this application without having any affect on the results.
MowingAs the temperatures cool and rainfall becomes more abundant the cutting height of your mower can be lowered. It will also be very important to mow more frequently as the turf will be growing more vigorously in the fall. Remember to avoid cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. Also, make sure your mower blade is sharp. Continue mowing as long as shoot growth is evident.
LeavesRemove all tree leaves from your lawn on a regular basis during the fall. Regular raking of leaves is good for your lawn, and it will help you avoid messy wet leaves which can accumulate. Tree leaves not only smother grass, but also cut off light which is required for photosynthesis and late season root growth. Leaf smothered areas will show damage in the spring.
6 Steps To A Beautiful LawnThe following six practices are steps that you can take to further enhance the beauty of your lawn, making it the best it can be.
- Maintain 1/2" to 1" of water per week throughout growing season. When watering, water heavily and do it in the morning.
- Mow lawn regularly, maintaining a height between 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" for cool season grasses and 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" for warm season grasses (southern locations). Avoid taking more than 1/3 of grass blade at one mowing. Lawn clippings return needed nutrients to the soil, therefore avoid removing after every mowing. Use a well sharpened blade.
- Have lawn aerated once a year. Aerate twice a year if your lawn has a heavy thatch layer or the soil is heavy clay. This is the most beneficial practice because it promotes root growth – essential for a healthy lawn.
- Control weedy perennial grasses such as coarse fescue and bentgrass by using roundup or by digging them out. Following the first 3 steps will do much to squeeze them out. If you have any questions about these grasses please consult with your lawn specialist.
- Minimize damage from shade by thinning trees and shrubs and removing lower branches. Seed with 5 lbs./1000 sq. ft. of red fescue. Try to avoid traffic and in the fall, keep leaves raked.
- Please consult your lawn specialist if you see any changes in your lawn or you have any concerns with your lawn or landscape.
The Naturescape® Guarantee
Your Naturescape® specialist is committed to making you happy with our service and your lawn and landscape. If you are not completely satisfied with the results of our services or you have any questions or concerns, please call your area branch office and we will be happy to take care of them free of charge within 72 hours.