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Rett Davis: A fortuitous time for fertilizing fescue

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When to fertilize

It's a question many people start asking this time of year - when should I fertilize my lawn? For most, the answer is between the end of January and the end of March. Fertilizing later could mean a lot of time spent mowing throughout the summer. The Times News said, "For most small neighborhood lawns that have been fertilized for years, I would suggest buying a slow release fertilizer with a 4-1-2 ratio of nutrients." Before you go to the store, however, make sure you know the approximate square footage of your lawn so you know how much to buy! Try to buy eco-friendly fertilizers if possible!

Rett Davis: A fortuitous time for fertilizing fescue

Question: How soon can I fertilize my lawn? Answer: That time is now for fescue lawns. Fescue lawn fertilization can begin as early as the last week of January and proceed through mid-March. This time period is critical especially if you are applying a pre-emergent crabgrass preventer. These products must be in place before the last week of March. Crabgrass germination begins in late March. Do not use crabgrass preventers if you intend to sow fescue seed this spring. It is better to fertilize fescue now than later in the spring when the days are warmer. Those that wait to fertilize later pay the price by mowing twice a week. Fertilization of Bermuda grass (wiregrass) starts in mid-May. Question: I am totally confused by all the brands of fertilizer in the garden centers and all the different numbers on the bags. How does anyone know how much to buy and what kind is best?

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