5 Top Fall Lawn Fertilizer Tips
– Fill your spreader on your driveway or patio, and not on your lawn. This step along with the next few fall lawn care steps will avoid killing any grass that is overexposed to the fertilizer.
– Follow the advice for the coverage setting on the label of the product. It is much better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize.
– Rinse your spreader before you pack it away. Any metal parts can freeze up and rust when you don’t.
– Seal any leftover fertilizer bags using duct tape. Make sure you store the bags in a dry area, otherwise, you will end up with solid fertilizer blocks when you need them again.
– If you have reseeded certain areas, cover these spaces with a plastic cover before you fertilize the rest of the lawn to avoid burning your new seedlings.
#6 Spread Seed
Let’s discuss fall lawn treatment for weeds. Denser lawns are one of the best protection methods against weeds. Overseeding your existing turf not only fills in bare or thin spots but also introduces drought-tolerant and resilient grasses. The fall is the ideal time to spread seed as the ground is generally still warm.
However, overseeding is also a challenging lawn-care chore. It is not as easy as broadcasting seeds over your established turf and expecting the seeds to simply take hold. The seeds need to be in direct contact with your soil. They also need to remain moist until the seeds germinate, and be established well enough before the temperature starts to drop.