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Lawn Care Tips: The Best Time to Fertilize

Lawn maintenance in the Nashville area can be tricky. With our brutally hot summers, when is the best time for organic lawn fertilizing in Franklin, Brentwood, and Nashville? We have you covered in today’s lawn care tips on fertilizing.

We’re about to enter fall, which is critical for lawn maintenance in Nashville. As lawns recover from summer and prepare for winter, now is the time to help your turf stay strong. The cooler weather, less sunlight and extra rain help soil absorb the nutrients in fertilizer.

Deciding exactly when and how to fertilize depends on what type of grass you have. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda grass, Saint Augustine grass, some Zoysia grasses and Buffalo grasses are widely used in the south because they actively grow in warm weather. Cool-season grasses like Fescue grasses, Kentucky Bluegrass, Bent grass and Rye grass are also good choices for Middle Tennessee. If you’re not sure what kind of grass you have, click here to set up an appointment with us.

  • For warm-season grasses, fertilize earlier in the fall. It’s important to fertilize early with warm-season grasses, so you don’t harm the hardening-off and natural winterizing process of your lawn. If your lawn is all warm-season grass, you may want to over-seed with a cool-season grass to help you form a green lawn in all seasons.
  • For cool-season grasses, fertilizing is crucial in fall as your lawn is storing water and nutrients to survive the winter. Cool-season grasses are less stressed in the fall, so they respond well to fertilizer. You can back off watering cool-season grasses as the weather becomes cooler and dry in the fall. Overseeding is also suitable for cool-season grasses, especially to fill in any bare spots in your turf.

You should aerate and seed 2-3 weeks before fertilizing in the fall. Aerating and overseeding strengthen the roots of your lawn. We recommend combining the two to relieve soil compaction and to introduce improved varieties of grass into your lawn. That said, if you choose to skip aeration and seeing, use organic fertilizer like our bio-nutrient package and targeted weed control.

Don’t skimp on your fall lawn maintenance in Nashville. Fall organic lawn fertilizing in Franklin, Brentwood, and Nashville is critical for your lawn’s health next spring.

For more lawn care tips, visit our blog. If you’re ready for your fall fertilizer package, call us at 615-988-6777.