As we cruise through the month of November just about every type of grass begins to go into it’s normal state of dormancy. No matter if you have a blue grass lawn in Bangor, ME or a Bermuda grass lawn in Buckhead, GA your lawn is beginning to think that it wants to take a rest. (Okay, so if your in the deep south this may not apply) Here at BeeSafe we often get questions concerning winterizing applications on your organic lawn. Is it needed? What makes it different? How does the grass even process the treatment if it’s dormant. Well, lets clear a few of those questions up.
Typically in mid November turf shoots (blades of grass) stop growing. You’ve obviously noticed that your not mowing much after Halloween. However, even though the tops stop growing that doesn’t mean that the root system is done for the year. For transition and cool season turf types there is a significant growth spurt by the root system of your lawn from the end of August right on through until the ground freezes, or drops to the point where the turf goes completely dormant. Leading up to that point the root system of your lawn is doing everything it can to find a final source of nutrition. It knows it’s about to go dormant and wants to be sure it’s ready.
So, yes it absolutely makes sense to apply a final application of fertilizer some time between when the shoots of grass stop growing and when the ground freezes. Your lawn will thank you by being the greenest on the block next spring when it begins to come out of dormancy!