Newly Seeded Lawn Care for Fall

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by zacmac, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. zacmac

    zacmac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am purchasing a new home and the backyard was seeded approx. 2-3 weeks ago. The seeds have germinated and are showing growth. I live in the Midwest, so cool, rainy fall weather is upon us and I was wondering what recommendations people might have for prepping the newly seeded lawn for winter and into spring of next year. Will applying a winterizer have a positive, negative or neutral affect this late in the season for next year? Should I let it be and let the seed take naturally. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    The winterizer is the most important application of the entire year for cool season grasses. I don't see why it wouldn't be true for young grass as it is for established grass.

    Here your starter fertilizer may be the appropriate winterizing app. No need to 'overfertilize, so be careful of folks saying one app now then another app in November.

    It is not logical that all that fert will be used b4 dormancy. Most "wisdom" about fertilizers have come to us by the fert manufacturers themselves. They of course "educated" the Universities who in turn excepted the large grants given them. There is evidence that Universities are doing independant research, but the basic notion that feeding the plant and ignoring the soil persists.
  3. zacmac

    zacmac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks SmallAxe, I will give that a shot. I do and don't wish I could have amended the soil prior to seeding. The don't wishing is that I would have had to do all the work!!!!
    Thanks again.

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