fertilizing lawn - Knowledgebase Question

yonkers, Ne
Question by carlosdolsey
August 12, 2010
I would like to know what is the best time to fertilize our lawn. we live in Westchester County NY.
Also, what is the best way to help growing of an arborvitae?
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Answer from NGA
August 12, 2010

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Scotts suggests a four-part schedule for fertilizing lawns. The schedule will depend on where you live and your grass-type; but, as an example, here?s the schedule for a Northern lawn composed of a mixture of bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue:


1.Apply a fertilizer called, ?Scotts Turf Builder With Halts Crabgrass Preventer? in April or May. Fertilizing lawns goes hand in hand with weed control.

2.?Scotts Turf Builder With PLUS 2 Weed Control? can be applied in June. This fertilizer fills the need for additional weed control, as the herbicide component fights everything from ground ivy to purslane to white clover.

3.In July or August, apply ?Scotts Super Turf Builder with SummerGuard.? This fertilizer is billed by Scotts as a product that ?strengthens and summer-proofs" your grass while "combating a spectrum of harsh seasonal threats like insects, heat and drought.?

4.Finally, Scotts winterizering fertilizer should be applied in fall. Fertilizing lawns with this product will not only prepare grass for winter, but also give you a head start towards achieving the green turf you?ll want next spring ?- bringing us full circle.

Before fertilizing lawns with these products, read the instructions on the bag carefully (or ask someone at the store for details). A particular product may not be suitable for your type of grass. Likewise, when applying fertilizers, follow directions explicitly, concerning how much to apply, how often they should be applied, and under what conditions they should be applied.

Of course, as a substitute for all this, you can stay organic and simply top dress your lawns with compost in spring and fall.

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