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How When and Why To Winterize Your Lawn

well I didn't think this time was going

to be coming already but considering

some of you got some snow yesterday it's

probably time today that we talk about

how to winterize your lawn

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so guess let's start off with kind of

why you're gonna want to winterize your

lawn and kind of the timeframe on when

we want to do this winterizing is

basically adding nitrogen fertilizer

just when the grass stops growing but

before it goes into any sort of dormancy

period so what happens when we get to

the colder temperatures here and the

grass stops most of its top growth then

it's still taking in energy and instead

of putting that energy into growing up

it's actually putting that energy into

the root system and so if we hit some

fertilizer at this time when there's

cooler weather and the nitrogen can kind

of hit it at that point too we're

actually sending all that nitrogen

energy into the root system it's going

to store that energy for next year and

then when we come into the spring season

we're going to get some early green up

and things should just be in a little

bit better shape at that point

so there's nothing there really too

complicated about it but since some of

you got some snow yesterday I'm assuming

that most of that is probably going to

melt here and if you look in your 10 day

forecast you're probably going to see a

few temperatures that are warming up a

little bit more hopefully otherwise if

you already got to the snow part and

it's not looking like it's going to warm

up at all for you then you're kind of

just out of luck for winterizing but

hopefully or you were doing some fall

fertilizer and it's been a weird fall so

next year I would just suggest in the

spring if you didn't get any fertilizer

down in the fall then to just maybe

start with some a little bit earlier but

don't go too heavy and we'll talk about

all that one we get to next year as well

but my thoughts are just in general that

I don't like to hit a lot of fertilizer

in the early spring because the spring

grass already likes to grow a lot on its

own so then you just end up trying to

mow everyday kind of becomes a pain

there but if you're located somewhere

here where it's gotten a little bit cold

today it's about 40 degrees here looking

like my 10-day forecast we're gonna get

back up to upper 50s and maybe to around

60 next week so I think the grass is not

done growing yet I did mow today and

it's still growing just a little bit yet

as well so what you want to do is look

for that time frame when you start to

see the grass really slow down now you

can kind of watch the grass and you'll

know when you're not having to mow as

much but also usually when we get to

temperatures that are hovering around

the upper 40s consistently for a week or

maybe a week and a half that's pretty

much the time frame if there's no more

warmer temperatures coming after that

that the grass is going to kind of

naturally say okay it's time to start

slowing down it's getting cold and that

is the time when we want to put down our

fertilizer

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so what to use for fertilizer is kind of

up to you I actually picked up some of

this faulter food just from Menards

today I was also at Lowe's looking at a

couple things and they have kind of an

off-brand there that would have worked

too so what we're looking for is mainly

we're looking for a decent shot of

nitrogen but we're also looking for

something that doesn't have a lot of

slow-release in it when we look at the

back of this particular bag we got 20

percent nitrogen 20 percent of that is

urea nitrogen and then we've got a

little bit of potash and some iron here

so what we're looking for here too is

that only 5 percent of this is slower

release you could use something that's

completely quick-release if you'd like

I'll have a couple links in the

description something like maybe a urea

option the only thing with those is that

if you do use those just again make sure

that you get things watered in if you're

not gonna see any rain in your area just

to be safe with them because there's a

little tiny possibility of burning your

yard when using those high nitrogen

products that are synthetics so what you

use isn't really all that specific but

personally I would recommend a synthetic

product and something that's going to be

quick release if possible you don't

really need the nitrogen sitting there

on the soil during the wintertime when

it's not being able to be used and then

you just worry about it actually just

washing away and kind of being a waste

of money and then also not good for the

environment at that point too

so then how much to put down your yard

usually going with the bag rate is gonna

be okay on my bag here it's saying to

put down three point two pounds per

thousand square feet they're doing that

so that this will cover a 10,000 square

foot area and have it all be rounded off

nicely so three point two pounds out of

this bag with the nitrogen percentage

that's in there is going to be a little

over a half a pound of nitrogen per

thousand square feet so it kind of

depends as well on how much fertilizing

you did this whole year if you're just

doing this fall winterizer for the first

time then you can kind of go between a

half and a probably a pound somewhere

right in there so again there's a lot of

options for synthetic fertilizers

hopefully you can find something

affordable for you here at the end of

the season just wait for your

temperatures to drop a little bit into

where you're not really seeing the grass

grow anymore

put down your fertilizer and just let it

go

and unfortunately it'll be time for

winter but we'll be back in the spring

better than ever so if you have any

questions on this video let me know

thanks so much for watching we'll see

you next time

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