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Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
lmalcolm2004
Oct 18, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Hello - getting my lawn aerated today. Can I apply winter fertilizer on soon?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Oct 18, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Laurie - yep - you can apply your fertilizer. Usually a winter fertilizer is more of a slow-release type. You'll get a good start on spring growth.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Oct 18, 2017 7:27 AM CST
You can apply the fertilizer now
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Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
Oct 23, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Ms. Laurie;
The application of any fertilizer ( with MAYBE the exception of starter fertilizer ) runs the risk of seed burn. If you already put some down, keep an eye on it, you may have to do it again in the springtime - which you should do anyway. Once your lawn is established, it should be aerated (core cultivated ) and re-seeded once a year to keep it healthy and strong.
Any thing put on your grass, be it fertilizer or weed-n-feed or any other chemical, should be applied on ESTABLISHED grass only. Newly seeded grass becomes established AFTER it's second mowing.
Hopes this helps,
J.R.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 23, 2017 6:46 PM CST
josebaca said:Ms. Laurie;
Once your lawn is established, it should be aerated (core cultivated ) and re-seeded once a year to keep it healthy and strong.
Any thing put on your grass, be it fertilizer or weed-n-feed or any other chemical, should be applied on ESTABLISHED grass only. Newly seeded grass becomes established AFTER it's second mowing.
Hopes this helps,
J.R.


I am not sure where seeding came into the equation here, but in my part of the country, an established lawn would never need to be re-seeded every year. I would expect they grow lawns differently in the high desert of Colorado (where josebaca hails from), so take that advice with some qualification.

25 years ago, I would have agreed never to fertilize and seed grass simultaneously. But fertilizers have come a long way since then, and the slow release coatings on today's lawn fertilizers make it possible. There could still be the occasional death of individual grass seedlings due to fertilizer burn of a granule placed serendipitously close to a seed, but overall, fertilizer applied according to directions is much more beneficial, in my opinion. In my opinion, you can fertilize and seed, one right after another, but never mix the seed with the fertilizer and apply the combination as one application.

But only fertilizer. Fungicides, herbicides (weed killer), insecticides, etc. can be applied on established lawns only, just as josebaca says.

Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
Oct 25, 2017 8:00 AM CST
Hey Rick;
Yeah, you're right, seeding didn't come up in Laurie's question. ( I guess I should brush up on muh readin' skills). And as to reseeding a lawn, we do so every year because of the normal wear and tear the kids here put on it and if you're gonna aerate IMO you might as well reseed, however, there are those ( you know, those grumpy, grouchy old men that yell at you for even looking at their grass !) that aerate, power rake and top dress EVERY year, and in my opinion have the lushest ,nicest, evenist, as in levelest grass you could hope to see here in Pueblo and Pueblo West. Some of these grouchy old @$#!%&*%'s are my friends, who probably miss doing these things since they retired.
Speaking for myself, I don't put much truck in having something as costly in time, money and resources, but for those that do..... Shrug!

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