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When to fertilize?

SMB

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Southwest VA
What is the best time to fertilize, fall or spring? Also what type to use for both times? I am asking this for a customer, as we don't fertilize yet. Thanks!
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
I fert 5 times/year for my customers. Most guys I sub to, I fert 4 times.

In northern turfgrass, if you only fert 1x/year, do so in the fall.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
I agree with Lazer. Grass will grow in the spring even if it never gets fertilized. Spring time is when about all lawns look nice and green.
 

Rodney Anderson

LawnSite Member
Location
CANTON, OH
THE BEST TIME TO FERTILZE TURF IS IN THE FALL.IF THE TURF HAS HAD A TOUGH YEAR INSECTS, DISEASE AND DROUGHT APPLY AN ALL PURPOSE FERTILZER SUCH AS 19-19-19. IF THE TURF HAS DONE WELL WITH ADDIQUATE RAINFALL APPLY A GOOD WINTERIZER.
IN MY LAWN CARE PROGRAMS I APPLY A 15-0-30. THIS WILL NOT PUSH LUSH GROWYH GOING INTO WINTER. BUT WILL PROMOTE GOOD ROOT GROWTH AND ENOUGH N TO PROMOTE GOOD CARBS AND SUGAR PRODUCTION. NOT IF YOUR IN THE MOWING BUSINESS, APPLING A HIGH NITROGEN FERTILIZER IN THE FALL CAN CREATE ALOT OF UNWANTED TURF GROWTH NEXT SPRING. DO YOU WANT THID SINCE THE TURF GROWS PRETTY WELL ON ITS OWN IN THE SPRING.
 

MOW ED

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
N.E. Wisconsin
Rodney,
That was great info and I'm not trying to be a smart grA** but ALL CAPS ARE HARD ON THE EYES. And I am serious about the great info in your post. Thanks .
 
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