How To: Fertilize Your Lawn In The Winter

So you’re a new homeowner. Maybe you’ve lived in a home for a while and now you’ve decided you want to take better care of your lawn. Did you know that your lawn requires tender, loving care year round? There are steps you can take during each season to keep your lawn as green and beautiful as possible. If you’re confused about what to do to when it comes to winter fertilizer, Green-a-Lawn here in Hillsdale, New Jersey is here to help you!

What To Look For In A Winter Fertilizer

You need to switch from a summer to winter fertilizer. The concentrations of nutrients are different between them in order to ready your lawn for winter. To prepare your lawn for the upcoming cold and large amounts of snow, you need to get a fertilizer that is high in potassium. Potassium is important because it strengthens the grass from the root up, making it stronger and more tolerant of the cold weather it’s about to encounter. Winter fertilizers should also have concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorous. However, these amounts should be a lot lower than your typical summer fertilizer. Nitrogen helps with stem growth and phosphorous helps with root growth.

How Often To Fertilize

You should only apply a winter fertilizer once in the fall. We believe that winterizing your lawn is one of the most important things you can do for your lawn, especially for cool-season grasses such as fescue and bluegrass.

What Grass Do I Winterize?

You want to winterize cool-season grasses:

  •       Fescue
  •       Bluegrass

You do NOT want to winterize warm-season grasses:

  •       Centipede
  •       St. Augustine
  •       Bermuda
  •       Zoysia

You don’t need to winterize these grasses. Why? Because fertilizer is going to spur new growth and keep them healthy. These grasses go dormant and if you attempt to winterize them, they won’t do as well. They grow in warmer climates anyway so you don’t necessarily need to worry about winterizing.

Should I Do Anything Else?

Yes. After you apply the winter fertilizer you should also aerate your lawn. This is taking spikes and pushing them into the ground. You can find either manual or automatic aerators. This provides the grass roots extra air for them to breathe and you’re also making new holes in order to lay down grass seed.

After you have aerated your lawn, you should spread some cool-weather grass seed. Try to spread it evenly so that your lawn doesn’t have patches with more grass. Then rake and water your lawn.

Your lawn is now winterized! Your hard work will pay off in the spring when all the snow melts and you see a beautifully green lawn.

You could do all this hard work yourself or you can let Green-A-Lawn do the work for you. If you live near Hillsdale, NJ, you can check out our lawn care areas served page to see if we can service your lawn. You can also get a lawn care quote here. Contact us if you’d like any additional information.