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A Thanksgiving Meal for Your Cool-season Lawn!

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A Thanksgiving Meal  for Your Cool-season Lawn!

Mid November- it’s the time when thoughts turn to Thanksgiving dinner, visits, and even the upcoming winter.

It's also a great time to think about giving a nice “meal” to your cool-season lawn as your “thanks” for turning so nice and green again. A good “meal” now and your lawn will reward you with strength and beauty in 2014.

All turfgrasses should be fertilized during their most active period of growth. For warm-season grasses such as zoysia, that means only fertilizing during the summer. See our FAQ on When and how do I fertilize my zoysia lawn?

Cool season grasses such as turf type fescue, fine leaf fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass have two periods of most active growth, spring and fall.  Of the two periods, fall is the best time to offer a nice meal or two to your cool-season grasses.

A lawn’s main course is nitrogen (N) which is essential for shoot growth and a nice green color.  Fall applications promote root growth as well. Even after top growth begins to slow in the fall of the year, the roots of cool-season grasses continue to grow until the ground freezes.

A strong, healthy root system is the foundation of a turfgrass that can withstand drought and recover from other stresses. Late fall fertilized lawns store food in their root system and reward you with good spring color without excessive top growth.

Would you like more information about the dos and don’ts of cool-season lawn fertilization? See our FAQ on When and how do I fertilize my cool-season lawn?

Proper maintenance practices and diagnosing problems of cool-season grasses can often be confusing and hard to understand, but at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, we can help.

In addition to the FAQ’s linked above, there are over twenty five other lawn care related questions and answers on this website. From the Advice, Tips and Resources page go to Gardening Help FAQ’s tab on the right side of the page and then select “Lawn Care” from the category drop down menu.  Then select the question(s) that you would like answered.

Still having problems figuring out what’s wrong with your lawn?  Our brand new Visual Guide on Lawn Problems: Cool-season Grasses is a great pictorial guide to helping you identify many of the common problems of cool-season grasses. 

As always, for additional information and/or answers concerning your lawn or other gardening questions, you can talk to us in person.  Just call the Horticulture Answer Service (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ 314-577-5143) or visit the “doctors” at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) in the Center for Home Gardening.

Here’s to a great Thanksgiving meal for you and your cool-season lawn!
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