September is the best time of year to fertilize your bluegrass or tall fescue lawn for several reasons. Once the grasses break dormancy for the summer conditions there is an active growth period that takes place that aides in producing new root and shoot development, as well as rhizomes which help thicken up a sparse stand of grass. If your lawn does not have a quality root system it will be difficult for it to achieve that beautiful green appearance.
Fall is the best time to fertilize your Kansas City area lawn because of the cool and moist conditions. These conditions are the ideal climate for the overall development of the lawn. The type of fertilizer you use should have the right mix of nutrients to produce the results you desire. For example, nitrogen (first number on the bag) is the most important nutrient because it makes the grass green. Then, “phosphorus is the second number on the bag and is most important in the development of healthy roots. Potassium, the third number, is good for developing stress and disease resistance.” – Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent
For more information on fertilizing your lawn during the cool season, visit kcgardens.kansascity.com. If you need a professional landscaping contractor to take care of your Kansas City area lawn, contact Hermes Landscaping at 913-888-2400.
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