Fall & Winter Fertilizer (14-10-24)
Specially formulated to help your lawn store up nutrients for the winter. Apply in between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a beautiful Spring lawn.
(Our Fall fertilizer is not currently available for shipment. Please feel free to stop by our store to pick up a bag today.)
The key to a healthy, green lawn is sufficient sunshine, air and water, along with the living environment it needs.Sounds simple enough. Above the ground the needs are easy to meet. Underground can be quite a different story…
When it comes to maintaining a fertile soil capable of supporting a healthy lawn, more than a little know-how is important. For grass plants to thrive, barriers which prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots must be removed. Here’s how:
Core-aerate the lawn to relieve soil compaction, a major barrier to water and nutrient entry. Back fill the aeration holes with a porous ceramic soil amendment in the form of Turface to provide permanent air and water space. Porous ceramics also promote microbial growth in the soil. Microbes break down fertilizer and make it available to the plant.
Finally, remove the thatch layer using a dethatcher.
All fertilizers are not created equal. There are two basic types of fertilizers; water- soluble and slow release.
Water soluble fertilizers disappear like sugar in hot coffee as they travel rapidly out of the root zone, completely dissolved in the water that runs through it. This type of fertilizer causes a rapid flush of growth and must be reapplied often in order to keep the lawn green.
Slow-release or water insoluble fertilizers are derived either from organic sources such as blood meal or bone meal, or chemical fertilizers encapsulated or compressed to slow down their nutrient release. These fertilizers are beneficial to the lawn and will reduce fluctuations in green color.
The analysis of the fertilizer will typically be posted on the front of the bag or box in the form of three numbers such as 13-4-8. These numbers refer to the percent of N-P-K in the product (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and are important because they tell you what its effect will be on the plant.
For an established lawn, buy a fertilizer with a high first number such as Key-to Green Maintain (13-4-8). This will keep the lawn lush and green, with controlled growth.
Strong Roots will be produced by a fertilizer with a lower first number and with relatively higher middle and last numbers such as 10-16-10, the analysis in Key-to-Green Starter Fertilizer. A similar analysis will also provide winter hardiness to an established lawn and would be an excellent choice for starting wildflower seed or most any plant material.
Key-to-Green Fertilizers contain slow-release nutrients and complete micronutrients for the maximum health of your lawn.