Don’t ignore your lawn during the winter. Your lawn still needs some care. Fertilizing your lawn now ensures that it will have the nutrients it will require to survive the winter.
The fertilizer helps the roots recover from a long hot summer, and re‐grow in preparation for the cold to come. Late fertilization will cause your lawn to green up early in the spring, but you won’t see a lot of top growth.
Be sure to water your lawn when needed. Typically, lawns benefit from watering once a month if conditions are dry. Consider how much rain or snow your lawn is receiving. Dry soil can lead to a dieback of the root system.
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The best way to prevent snow mold is with proper timing of fall fertilizer. The final application of fertilizer should go down after the grass has stopped growing and six weeks before dormancy. The final mowing should e made as normal at this time.
The best way to speed recovery caused by snow mold is to remove the snow off the grass area. North sides of buildings and along driveways and sidewalks where snow has been piled up are more prone to snow mold.
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