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Late Summer and Fall Fertilizing

Late Summer and Fall Fertilizing

We know that without proper care, our yard can become a playground for weeds. We also know that we need to utilize fertilizer to combat those unwanted weeds. However, many have questions about the proper time and way to fertilize their lawn. Our experts have the answers so continue reading for tips for late summer and fall fertilizing.

Fertilizer helps your lawn stay healthy by nutrients to the soil, promoting new leaf and root growth, helping in recovery from foot traffic and pest damage, and reducing and controlling weeds. By September, your lawn has suffered from a long, hot summer. This is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. A little fertilizer will go a long way toward promoting grass growth before the fall.

It’s important to remember that the proper time to fertilize depends on a variety of factors, most importantly the type of grass you have on your lawn and the weather conditions you’re experiencing. Different types of grass should be fertilized differently.

For warm-season grasses, you should feed your grass a generous amount of fertilizer during late summer. For instance, if you have Bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass, late August and early September are ideal periods for a generous feeding.

However, if your lawn is occupied by cool-season grasses like bluegrass or fescue, it’s best to wait until late fall before giving your grass a generous feeding. In October or November use a phosphorous-based fertilizer. This will get your grass green and healthy before the winter arrives and helps strengthen and protect it for a better lawn next spring.

Now that you know the proper time to fertilize your lawn, here are some tips on how to properly fertilize grass. It’s recommended to begin fertilizing during late summer and fall because it is no longer hot. Never fertilize if you are still experiencing a period of drought. Your grass should receive water before it gets fertilized. Additionally, you should water your grass after you apply fertilizer.

Fertilize the edges of your lawn, and walk at a normal pace when applying fertilizer to ensure even distribution. Avoid over fertilizing. Feeding your lawn too much fertilizer causes grass to grow too quickly and makes it more likely that your lawn will develop disease.

Lastly, consider investing in a spreader to help evenly distribute fertilizer to your lawn.

Remember fertilizing is one of the most important things you can do to promote growth and prepare your lawn for winter.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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Types of Grass

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Have you ever found yourself wondering why the neighbors’ lawn is more green or well-kept though little maintenance appears to be done? It’s possible that your neighbor does not do much yard work, and this is likely a result of your neighbor having a different grass type than you.

The type of grass and the environmental conditions in which grass grows has an impact on the amount of maintenance that needs to be done.

Different types of grasses require different levels of care, for example:

Partially shaded grass – If your lawn is growing in partial shade, or four to six hours of partial shade, your grass grows slower and requires less water and fertilizer. Keep in mind that grass does require sunlight to stay healthy so consequently, your partially shaded grass may never fill in and become the envy of the neighborhood.

Turf-type tall fescue, fine fescue grasses – These types of grasses require less fertilizer than bluegrass and perennial ryegrass lawns.

Kentucky bluegrass – Lawns with Kentucky bluegrass require two to four pounds of nitrogen fertilizer yearly to maintain a beautiful appearance. To achieve this, apply two to five applications of nitrogen to the grass each year.

Here are turf-grasses that require less maintenance:

Lower maintenance lawns in Michigan have a higher percentage of fine fescues or turf-type tall fescues and need one-third to half the nitrogen that a bluegrass lawn needs.

Fine fescue – Fine fescues are a group of grasses with various needs. Creeping red fescue mixed with Kentucky bluegrass provides good turf for lawns with sunny and shaded areas. Shade-tolerant fine fescues require less fertilizer and water, and fine fescues do not grow well under wet soil conditions.

Hard and sheep fescue – Fine fescue grasses that require lower maintenance practices are hard and sheep fescue. These are stiff, bluish-green grasses that grow in clumps. This fescue is usually mixed with Kentucky bluegrass that fills in between. Hard and sheep fescue grow slow, require less fertilizer, and grow well in dry conditions.

Turf-type tall fescue – Turf-type tall fescue grasses are able to survive heat stress and grub damage. This grass requires less fertilizer and one to three applications of nitrogen. Turf-type tall fescue turf can be thick and healthy with lower maintenance practices, but it won’t have the carpet-like look of Kentucky bluegrass.

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To promote the health of a low maintenance lawn, give these gardening practices a try:

Watering - Lawns require about one inch of water each week, but split into multiple applications. This amount of water includes natural rainfall. Grass won’t flourish if it does not receive water from rain or irrigation.

Mulching - After mowing, collect the grass clippings to use as mulch. These clippings are great for your lawn and provide about one-third of the nitrogen needed by the lawn. Grass clippings should occasionally be returned directly to your lawn because they act as a natural fertilizer.

Mowing height - Mow the grass at three to three and a half inches tall to reduce the possibility of weed seeds developing, and to lessen the amount of water lost to evaporation. Mowing the grass at this height also helps build a larger root mass which is more tolerant to drought.

 

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica,MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Lightning and green grass

Q.  Does Lightning Make Your Grass Greener?

A.  Nitrogen is the nutrient in the soil that is most responsible for the green in your grass. It’s also a common ingredient in fertilizers. The Earth’s atmosphere is approximately 78% nitrogen. Yet, nitrogen can’t be used by grass as raw nitrogen; it needs to be combined with oxygen to create a nitrate. The blade of grass absorbs the nitrate and it is used to create more chlorophyll and—go green.

During a thunderstorm, every time there is a bolt of lightning, electrical energy breaks the strong nitrogen bonds. The nitrogen then quickly attaches to oxygen, forming nitrogen dioxide. Nitrogen dioxide dissolves easily in water, creating nitric acid, which then easily dissolves to create a magic ingredient: NITRATES. The nitrates fall to the ground in the form of raindrops, seeping into your soil and helping your grass to turn green.

There is some debate as to how much the electricity in lightning affects the greening of grass. Some people will say that not enough nitrates are formed to affect the green and are blown many miles away. Thus, the bright green is an illusion that is created from the wet grass sparkling in the sun’s rays. Either way, your grass will likely appear more green after a lightning storm than after a storm with no lightning.

 

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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