Why Fall is a Great Time for Lawn Fertilization

Big R Lawn FertilizationYes, Fall is a Great Time for Lawn Fertilization

You’re probably thinking something along the lines of…

“Fertilizing your lawn in fall? It’s going to snow in a couple months!!”

Well, maybe it’s time to rethink what you know about lawncare. Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn and has greater benefits than fertilizing in the spring. If you want healthier and deeper roots, grass with stronger growth and disease tolerance, and a greener yard – start fertilizing as soon as the season changes. The sweetest month to start? October! So before your lawn goes into hibernation, follow these fall fertilization tips to prove that the grass really is greener in your lawn.


Choose the Right Fertilizer for Your Lawn

Choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn is crucial. It’s important to understand exactly what nutrients your lawn needs to maintain it’s health and growth. The number one thing you need to know about lawn fertilizer? It’s made of three main nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – which each have a different effect on your lawn. Nitrogen is used in fertilizer to encourage root growth and helps your lawn recover from injury and stress quicker. Phosphorus is most helpful for new  lawns because it stimulates seed development. One important note about phosphorous is that some states prohibit the use of phosphorus on lawns that aren’t new. So check your state regulations before using phosphorus on your lawn. The last main nutrient, potassium, makes your grass stronger to fight against disease and stress. Most fertilizers will tell you what nutrients makeup that fertilizer with a series of three numbers. For example, this 12-12-12 Twin Pines Fertilizer is 12% nitrogen (first number), 12% phosphorus (middle number), and 12% potassium (last number). Being well-informed about what nutrients are in fertilizer will help give your lawn exactly what it needs!


Before You Apply Fertilizer

Your lawn is on it’s way to being the healthiest in the neighborhood but there are still a few steps to go through before you start the fertilizing! First, take care of any rotten weeds that may have popped up. Make sure to get rid of the weeds a few weeks before the fertilization process to ensure that your grass’ nutrients aren’t stolen by pesky weeds. Second, clean up your lawn by mowing and clearing away fallen leaves – do this easily by using an Agri-Fab Lawn Sweeper. This will help you get a better view of your lawn to determine how much fertilizer you’ll need for the size of your lawn. Third, choose a calm, clear day to fertilize so you can avoid wasting your fertilizer as much as possible. Now you and your lawn are officially ready to jump into the fertilization process!


Fertilizer Application

You have the perfect fertilizer and the prepped lawn so now all you need to do is make the two meet! Spread the fertilizer over the lawn easily by using Agri-Fab’s Push Spreader. Make sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to apply the correct amount to the specific size of your yard. Try not to over fertilize and don’t fertilize too closely to rivers or lakes; do your part to prevent runoff that could harm the environment. After application, immediately water your lawn at a slow and consistent pace where the fertilizer was applied. This will help the fertilizer settle into the ground and get down into the roots of the grass – continue watering for about half an hour.

Gaining a healthy lawn doesn’t have to be as hard as you think! With your favorite one-stop-shop, it’s guaranteed that Big R has your back on everything lawn care because we know that a healthy lawn is a happy you!


About Big R

Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964 opening the first store in Watseka, Illinois. To date 20 stores have been opened in Illinois and Indiana; 2 stores in Ohio and 1 store in Wisconsin and we are still proud to be family-owned and operated. Our 12 Illinois stores are located in Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Pekin, Washington, Rochelle, Homer Glen, Streator and McHenry. Our 8 Indiana stores are located in Warsaw, 2 locations in Elkhart, Rochester, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, and Marion. Our 2 stores in Ohio are located in Lima and Findlay. And 1 location in Wisconsin in Burlington. The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name "Big R" to convey the "Ranch" identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with store locations throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.