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When the first signs of fall are felt in coastal South Carolina and coastal North Carolina, some homeowners rush to the garden section of the home improvement stores and start shopping. One thing we want to make OUR WONDERFUL homeowner and landscaper customers aware of for the fall of the year is this: DO NOT WINTERIZE YOUR WARMSEASON TURFGRASS LAWN. Let me say it again. Do not winterize your warmseason turfgrass lawn. Fertilizers that are on the shelves in the home improvement stores right now that are labeled as "winterizer" fertilizers are for coolseason turfgrass. Do you overseed your yard with rye? Then, you could possibly need to use a winterizer for the rye. Most likely, though, even if you overseed your lawn, you do not need to winterize your yard. "Why do places put these fertilizers out in our area right now if we aren't supposed to use them?" you ask. The only answer I can think of is: to make money. 

On a typical bag of fertilizer, there are 3 numbers listed on the bag. The numbers stand for N-P-K. N is NITROGEN content of the fertilizer. P is for PHOSPHORUS. K is for POTASSIUM (sometimes known as potash). If you are thinking of putting any type of soil amendment on your lawn after about the end of August to around September 1st (think: when kids are going back to school), make sure it has a "0" in the N spot on the fertilizer bag. Let me say it again. Do not apply a fertilizer to your lawn after around September 1st that contains Nitrogen. Once the kids are starting to go back to school, no nitrogen. Do not put nitrogen on your warmseason turfgrass lawn in the fall. I don't know how many other ways I can phrase it to get the point across.

No matter how tempting it might be for you to pick up a bag and spread it out because you think you need to "feed" your lawn to get it through the winter.... don't do it! Your warmseason lawn could be injured by applying a nitrogen-containing fertilizer in the fall. In short, nitrogen applied during the fall could promote new growth to the green part of your grass. This tender new growth will not be "hardened" off, and when a frost comes, it will get damaged. Furthermore, nitrogen applied in the fall could actually feed any cool season WEEDS that might emerge. Now, we surely don't want that to happen!

If you are just bursting at the seams to put SOMETHING out on your lawn for the fall, choose a no-nitrogen, light application of potassium (potash) for your warmseason lawn. If your lawn has been regularly fertilized throughout the summer with a "normal" 16-4-8 fertilizer, though, there is a chance that a fall application of potassium just frankly won't do much good. Save your money. Don't fertilize right now. There are some good management practices that, if put in place at the right time, could promote better cold tolerance of your warmseason lawn through the winter. But that's another blog post.

 


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01/15/2017 3:14pm

This information is very useful for me.I have always made a big mistake to winterize my lawn on cool season. I wish they teach this also on stores before they sell you anything. I am not sure if the staff are not aware or they are intentionally doing it for profit. They should be acting as consultants and not salesmen.

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05/28/2015 12:49pm

Winters nowadays can be harsh and brutal so it is only smart and practical to prepare your home, including your lawn and garden. Your front and back yard will be exposed to the elements, so take steps to minimize the damage they can suffer when cold weather and snow come. If you don't, all the hard work and money you've expended making them beautiful during spring and summer would all be for naught.

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