When To Apply Winterizer Fertilizer

By Ann Sanders | Compost & Fertilizers

when to apply winterizer fertilizer

When to apply winterizer fertilizer using spreader is a daunting dilemma faced by many turf owners. Fertilizing too early or too late can result in unfavorable conditions. You only want to welcome spring season with a green, healthy, and beautiful lawn.

The winterizers serve as a shield and protection for your lawn so that it’s ready to flourish when spring comes. Do you want to know the ideal time to apply winterizer? Keep reading to ensure your turf survives the winter.

​What Types Of Grasses Need Winterizers?

when to apply winterizer fertilizer

This type of fertilizer is not for every grass. It must only be applied for cool-season grasses like fescue and bluegrass. These cool-season sods need winterizers because their peak growth happens in the fall. Their nutrient needs also change during winter. They need more potassium and less Nitrogen; exactly how winterizer fertilizers are formulated.

​On the other hand, you don’t need to spend money on warm-season sods like Bermuda, Centipede St. Augustine, and Zoysia. They don’t need winterizers because they go dormant in winter and they grow in warmer areas. Fertilizers for these types are ideally given during summer and spring instead of fall.

​When To Apply Winterizer Fertilizer

When To Apply Winterizer Fertilizer

Do not apply Winterizers at the last days of fall because it will already be useless. Much of the Nitrogen content will evaporate on air before it’s stored by the sods for winter time.

​You should aim to apply the winterizers three weeks before the ground freezes up. There should be 5 straight days of temperatures of 7-10 degrees Celsius and night temperatures of -1 degrees Celsius or lower.

​In Canada, it is best to apply the fertilizer two weeks before November. While in other regions, you can apply around the second week of November to the first week of December. Mark your calendar to fertilize during the Thanksgiving weekend.

​Never apply fertilizer to frozen ground. It won’t do any good to your lawn. It only poses harm to the environment.

​Aside from taking note of the temperature and months, it is best to observe your lawn if they’re ready for winterizers. Take note of these two before applying the fertilizer:

DIY Organic Winterizer

Organic DIY winterizer is the cheapest and safest option for you, your lawn, and nature. The secret to keeping a thriving lawn the organic way is to maintain a healthy soil.

When To Apply Winterizer Fertilizer

​To nourish your soil the natural way, you can use kelp meal or granite meal. These natural substances provide potassium. Unlike chemical fertilizers which are directly absorbed by grass, organic fertilizers add vital nutrients to the soil. These nutrients in the soil supply the lawn over time.

​Potassium is crucial for the longevity of your turf. It protects plants against cold and stress. Potassium also aids in the absorption of other plant nutrients. Without it, your lawn won’t be able to survive the winter.

​Applying winterizer at the best time is the secret to a green and beautiful lawn in spring. Because the weather is unpredictable, it would not be easy to point which date is perfect so you have to combine the criteria we've mentioned above. Note down the information and choose the ideal time for your lawn.

​Do you have other concerns for your lawn? Let me know in the comment section! If you found this article helpful, feel free to share it!

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With the endless passion for organic living, I - Ann Sanders has come up with the idea of creating A Green Hand. Being the founder and editor of A Green Hand, my goal is to provide everyone with a wide range of tips about healthy lifestyle with multiform categories including gardening, health & beauty, food recipe,...