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Your COMPLETE Guide to Fall Lawn Care

the fall lawn care season is upon us and

I've been getting a lot of questions

about what I do as my fall program so

today thought to make one video here

explaining kind of the whole process of

everything that I do in the fall I have

made some videos on these specific

topics in the past and kind of made

individual videos about each one of

those so if you want some more info on

each one of these steps I do have those

from the past but today let's go over

all the steps in one video give you all

the information so that you can improve

your yard this fall

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first thing I want to make mention of is

that this is targeted to cool season

grass it is what I have so if you have

warm season grass you are in the south

and the fall time is really when things

are slowing down you're about to get to

the end of your season and here and fall

for us we are kind of ramping up into a

little bit of a second season so spring

is our most vigorous growth time for

cool season grass and then fall we have

another kind of peak season befall is

actually in a really important time for

our cool season grass if we can take

care of things really push some of the

growth and give it some nutrients here

going into next spring you're going to

realize all of these benefits and all of

the work that you've been doing in the

fall

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we've talked about dethatching in core

aeration quite a bit recently on my

channel but if you want to learn more

about those topics I have some videos

specifically on those topics and quickly

let's just say that this is a great time

in fall to dethatch in core area at your

yard if you have more than a half inch

of thatch which is that organic kind of

build up at the soil it would be a great

time to do that if you have any

compaction going on your in your yard or

you're really wanting to spread things

and push things then core aeration can

help with this as well so these two

processes would be great to do in this

season here probably coming up as quick

as you can get them done because we need

a little bit of recovery time before we

get to the colder temperatures as well

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the main thing that everybody wants to

know about is fertilizer what kind of

used when to apply it and how often to

apply it so let's go over all the

fertilizer things here I'd focus most of

my fertilizing for the year on my cool

season lawn into the fall season I don't

do a lot in the spring and I mainly

focus all my feeding here on the fall

time the reason for this is that the

spring time we're getting a real flush

of growth coming out winter anyway and

if we're doing our fall program

correctly here you're going to notice in

the spring that you're going to have

quite a bit of growth from all the work

that we did in the fall so it's not to

say that you can't fertilize in the

spring but I usually use lighter amounts

in the spring and especially after you

get on this program for a little while

and you continually do this each fall

you will notice that you don't need as

much work in the spring so fall for me

really doesn't necessarily go by a

specific calendar date but wherever you

live in cool season land you just need

to look at what's happening with your

weather and look at what's happening

with the grass so as soon as you start

to see those high 80s mid 80s for

temperatures start to dip into the upper

70s you can start to notice the grass is

getting a little bit more relief and if

you're also getting some rain during

this timeframe and you're going to

notice that things are starting to look

a little bit better and not as stressed

from the summer this is the exact time

when I add my first dose of fall

fertilizer in the past I'd usually have

used milorganite at this time reason

being is that I was using the Lord

Knight in my program this early fall

feeding is still great because there's a

little bit warmer temperatures it helps

that milorganite to break down a little

bit faster but we know that milorganite

has been tough to find recently so if

you can't find something like that you

can find other organic products in the

store you can use those or this year

i've also been using the eight one eight

product on my front yard mainly kind of

testing that out so it might be

something that you want to look into if

you are looking for kind of an

alternative to milorganite

it also has a lot of iron in it gives

you a great green up and it's a little

bit lower nitrogen so we don't have any

risk they're really pushing things

really hard here at the beginning we're

just kind of easing things into the fall

season

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then sometimes the weather just tends to

be delayed and this year kind of seems

to be exactly what's going on in my

exact climate with that if you were

planning on this in the future

look at those or late August times if it

starts to cool down what if it doesn't

right now it's still in the mid 80s for

a lot of days here where I'm at and it's

been very dry for the most part so you

can still put down some of that organic

type fertilizer it's not going to hurt

anything or burn your yard but if you're

not getting the rain it would be

important to get some irrigation on it

to kind of get the yard pushed into the

fall season with that fertilizer at that

time

so let's go over the least aggressive

plan first and then I'll talk about the

most aggressive plan so the least

aggressive plan is going with a half

pound of nitrogen every two weeks so

after you apply that first organic

fertilizer you would come back two weeks

later and we would apply a half a pound

of nitrogen and then two weeks after

that we'd apply another half pound two

weeks after that and that's already

getting us into about mid-october and

depending on where you live the

temperatures are going to start to come

down probably around that time frame and

you're going to start to notice the

grass really slowing down continue that

nitrogen half pound every two weeks

until the grass pretty much stops

growing you'll notice this when you go

out to mow there's really nothing coming

out of the machine or you just don't

really feel like you're cutting anything

off the grass blades that's naturally

when the grass is slowing from the

temperatures and also the lack of

sunlight happening as we near the winter

season

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what'd you use for this fertilizer I'm

not going to tell you there's a specific

thing you have to use I've actually gone

to the store and you store-bought stuff

before every two weeks before and I've

had ok results what I would push you

towards is using a fast release product

if you can because there's really no

point in putting down fertilizer every

two weeks and having a bunch of slow

release in there that is waiting weeks

and weeks to actually release itself

because by that time we are going to be

into winter and it's not really helping

you so there's different things you can

use

so I've some ammonium sulfate which is

2100 that is also a quick release

product and since my pH in my soil is a

little bit high using that will help to

bring it down a little bit as well which

we want to be in the six to seven range

I'm just over seven right now

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these are cheap options and you can go

that route if you would like to

otherwise go ahead and go to a store and

pick up something and when you go to the

store look at the back of the package

and look at the analysis now it's gonna

have some kind of analysis for what is

in their nitrogen why's any other things

sometimes there's going to be phosphorus

sometimes potassium right at the bottom

is going to say how much percentage is

slow-release so if you can find a bag

that has a little of this as possible

that's going to be beneficial for you

I've gone to Menards here locally a

couple times use either their brand or

something similar to it and found some

that were mainly quick release there's a

little bit of slow release in there but

it's not any drastic amount so you could

definitely go that route if you're

looking to buy something in a store

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so how do we figure out how much a half

pound of nitrogen is in the back so

let's just use the ammonium sulfate

example so we have 2100 so we're going

to take point five because we want half

a pound of nitrogen divide that by the

percentage of nitrogen in the bag which

is 21% so point to one point five

divided by point two one is two point

three eight so we need two point three

eight pounds of that bag going into our

spreader for every thousand square feet

so if you have five thousand square feet

just take five times that two point

three eight and that will give you how

many pounds you need to put into your

spreader and you can measure that all

out with the scale you can be as precise

with it as you want I will tell you in

the past that I have not measured things

out and I've pretty much gone off close

to the bag rate and everything is fine

but if you want to understand a little

bit more of that the back of the bag is

going to tell you how many pounds per

thousand square feet it recommends so on

this Menards bag as an example let's

look at this we have 3.2 pounds per

thousand square feet is what it

recommends but they're recommending 3.2

here we can figure out how much nitrogen

that would be going on the ground so you

take 3.2 multiply that times your

nitrogen percentage of 28 so 0.28 and if

we were applying 3.2 pounds of this

product per thousand square feet that

would give us 0.9 pounds of nitrogen per

thousand so all we really need to do

there is dial down our spreader a couple

notches so this one recommends 4.25 for

setting on the scotts which is the

spreader that i used so normally if i

wanted to cut it closer to a half i

would probably bring it down to around

three if that wasn't spreading too much

at that point maybe three and a half and

this is going to get us a close number

what I'm telling you is if you really

want to know what you're placing down on

the ground

I recommend actually measuring it out

and weighing it out but I know that a

lot of you don't have that kind of time

and I know a lot of you aren't

interested in all of those tiny little

details so I just wanted to mention it

is something that I have done in the

past it's kind of looked at the numbers

made a somewhat educated guess on how

close it would be if I wanted to do a

half a pound everything turned out fine

and you're not going over the

recommended rate so you know you're not

going over a pound we're actually going

less so less is better in this case if

you're doing it

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let's say you just got into lawn care

this year I get so many questions from

people that say I just bought a house in

the yard wasn't taking care of whatever

the case is you really want to make some

progress this year then we're looking at

a more aggressive plan so before if we

were thinking that maybe September and

October we're going to be applying 0.5

every two weeks maybe we can get a total

of two and a half pounds of nitrogen

total out of late August to the end of

the season that's a pretty good amount

of nitrogen but we can go higher we're

really trying to push things this is

really the only time I recommend that I

don't do this in my yard anymore I've

added nitrogen enough over the years and

built up things over the years that I

don't need to go this high of a rate for

me and once you have a really nice

established lawn you will not need to do

this either but if you are wanting to

really push things this year and then

instead of going 0.5 every two weeks I

would go 0.5 every week for September

and October that's again my climate

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the goal would be then to get more like

closer to four pounds of nitrogen on

during your fall season now that is a

lot and what's gonna happen during that

is you are going to have to mow and moe

moe moe a lot because that heavy feeding

is going to start to push things in very

quickly and you need to keep up with

consistent mowing so keep that in mind

as well if you know you're kind of a

once a week person that mows maybe even

you can't get to it once a week I

wouldn't really suggest going with the

extreme plan because you're going to

have so much growth that you're not

going to be able to handle it if you can

handle it and you can get out there two

times a week or even more every two days

if you can that would be the best case

scenario that's the aggressive plan to

give us a lot more nitrogen this fall

really push things into next season the

last thing for fertilizer in the fall is

the winterizer app this one has been

much discussed over the past few years

different University studies different

things that I've heard about and so last

year I did do an app but I think I moved

it down to a half a pound most people in

the past once the grass would stop

growing completely there was a little

bit of a window of time before the

ground would freeze before you get snow

that you could put down one pound of

nitrogen this was thought to still be

taken up by the root system at that

point so although the grass wasn't

growing it was still taking in that

nitrogen and storing it to be really

ready for the spring season and most of

the time in the spring you would notice

it greening up much quicker and this is

my experience as well with all of our

fall fertilizing in the spring you'll

notice a green up much quicker than the

yards that don't have anything done in

the fall but for me when temperatures

get to around the highs of the upper 40s

that is when my grass completely stops

growing and then that is when I put down

my fertilizer that needs to really be

watered in if possible so time it with

rain or you may have to drag out some

hoses if you don't have an irrigation

system on anymore if you don't have an

irrigation system at all get out your

hoses and water that in before

everything gets

now for our last step let's talk about a

couple of extras that you can do into

your yard that I've been incorporating

the last couple of years so one is humic

fulvic and this year I've been adding

some seaweed as well so these are some

of the simple lawn products that I've

been using and get this little box right

here that we have that we just came out

with these are completely extra but

there's been a lot of talk about

improving your soil and really focusing

on that more than even just fertilizing

and putting a bunch of fertilizer on the

grass so you're interested in those

products so I do have those available

also simple on soil loosener coming out

of our summer season into the fall

season is a great time to apply that

oils here can tend to get dry in summer

a product like that's going to help the

water to penetrate down into the soil be

better used that way so this is a great

time to apply that too if you're

interested in it totally optional steps

fertilizer will get you a long way in

this program and is taking me from a

yard here in 2012 to look like this

and it's taking me up to my yard here in

the last couple years that has looked

like this

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there's many programs out there that you

can use that you will find success in

there's many types of fertilizers that

you can use that you will find success

with I just personally know the results

that I've seen in my own yard with my

own experience if you have questions on

this process let me know in the comments

down below thank you so much for

watching this video and we'll see you

next time

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