After you give your lawn that final mow of the season before you lock the garden shed until spring, you should give your lawn one last round of fertilizer. While it might seem counterproductive to throw down fertilizer when the lawn is going dormant for the year, you’ll be doing your yard a big favor by applying a particular type of fertilizer in late fall. By adding a winterizer to your late fall lawn maintenance routine, your grass is more likely to make it through winter and green up faster in spring.
What Is Winterizer Anyway?
It might sound like something you’d apply to your driveway or lawn equipment to protect it from the cold, but it’s actually something you apply to your lawn. “Winterizer” is a unique blend of fertilizer that is engineered to be the last dose of nutrients you throw down in the late fall/early winter. Ideally, before the frost comes. Typically, winterizer fertilizer has a higher ratio of nitrogen compared to other blends.
Understanding Fertilizer Labels
If you didn’t know, fertilizers are comprised of three main ingredients called “macronutrients.” These nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Each of these minerals helps your lawn perform vital functions like chlorophyll production, improved stress tolerance, and even providing that ideal green coloring.
When you purchase them at the store, you’ll see them labeled with three numbers: 4-4-4, 4-3-20, or 0-0-18. The first number tells you the portion of nitrogen; the second is the proportion of phosphorous, and the third is the potassium ratio. The first example, the fertilizer labeled 4-4-4, has an equal portion of all three nutrients and would be better for spring or summer since it is well-balanced. However, the last two examples would be better for winterizers in warmer climates since potassium is often lacking in tropical regions like Florida. Cool-season grasses, on the other hand, need a higher dose of nitrogen before the cold season. As such, you’ll want to make sure your winterizer has a proportion of nitrogen that’s higher.
How Winterizer Helps Your Lawn
Grass needs to store nutrients for the cold season, just like animals need to keep winter food before hibernating. But unlike animals, which can seek out their food, the grass is stuck in place. Which makes it harder to find nutrients, and if the lawn doesn’t have what it needs before winter, it’s out of luck. Winterizer is like a big pile of acorns – for your lawn! In fall, grass stops growing above the surface, which is why you don’t have to mow your lawn anymore, but it will focus on its root system up until freezing temperatures. Winterizer helps the roots grow strong and store up that sweet, sweet nitrogen. Anything leftover in spring will be a boon for the grass. If you’ve ever wondered why your neighbor’s lawn always seems to green up quickly, chances are it’s due to a winterizer fertilizer they applied months ago.
Customers In Ohio
As mentioned previously, customers in the northern US will want to look for something with a higher percentage of nitrogen. Preferably, it would be best if you went with a granular, slow-release fertilizer. This will dissolve over time, so your lawn doesn’t run out of nutrients too quickly. This can happen with liquid, quick-release fertilizers. Since they are in a liquid state, it’s easy for them to get flushed out of the lawn. They can also burn the grass if misapplied. Slow-release fertilizers avoid this problem.
Customers In Florida
Florida lawns have the opposite need of those in Ohio. Applying a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer to warm-season grasses, like those we have in Florida, could over-stimulate the grass. The turf grass could be tricked into growing when it should be focusing on storing minerals and going dormant. It could also cause certain lawn diseases like Spring Dead spot. Instead, your warm-season grass needs extra potassium – the last number on the label.
How To Apply Winterizer
Whether you go with a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer or a potassium-heavy one, you’ll need approximately one pound per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Use a spreader to disperse it evenly and water your lawn after to help prevent the product from burning the property. Or you can trust the lawn care service technicians at Land Art Inc! We’ll assess your property and apply the best solution for your yard.
Leave Lawn Fertilization To The Pros At Land Art Inc
For 45 years, customers in both Ohio and Florida have trusted the experts at Land Art Inc. to care for their yards. Our lawn care company has created a unique lawn care program for northern and southern lawns tailored to suit the special needs of each region. Give us a call at 1.800.336.5296 or leave us a message online. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more info on keeping your yard green, healthy, and pest-free. We’re also active on Facebook!