September is the month of harvest, and it’s also the time of year when farmers apply fertilizers to their crops. Fertilizers are substances added to soil to provide plants with a balanced diet of nutrients. The goal of fertilizer application is to produce a high yield at harvest time.
The most commonly used type of fertilizer is an organic product called manure. Manure comes from animals, such as cows and chickens, that have been fed a diet of grains and other plants. When they digest these foods, they produce waste products like urine and dung (feces). These materials are collected from farms and mixed with water before they are spread on fields as fertilizer.
Other kinds of organic fertilizer include composted plant materials such as leaves or grass clippings; compost made by mixing manure with garden waste; and animal bones or blood meal mixed into ground soil before planting seeds or seedlings. These materials all contain nitrogen which helps plants grow quickly by increasing their ability to produce chlorophyll which makes them green.
September is an ideal time to fertilize your lawn. The weather is cooling down, allowing you more control over the application of fertilizer and allowing for better results. You can choose from a wide variety of types: liquid, granular or natural products like manure. Whatever you decide to do with your yard this fall, remember these tips for ensuring that your grass stays green throughout the winter months:
When to Fertilize Your Lawn in September
September is a great time to fertilize your lawn. However, it’s important to make sure you’re fertilizing the right way. Here are some tips:
- Don’t fertilize too early in the spring or too late in the fall. September is prime fertilizer season because of its moderate temperatures, which help your lawn get used to new fertilizer without suffering severe shock.
- Make sure you follow directions. It’s easy to overdo it on chemical fertilizers, so if you’re using a more natural product like compost or manure (which we recommend), make sure you only use as much as recommended by its manufacturer. Also, keep in mind that these products aren’t one-and-done—they need time before they’ll start working their magic on your yard.
How to Fertilize Your Lawn in September
- Measure how much fertilizer you need to apply by weight, not volume. If the bag says to use 3 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet, measure out your lawn with a tape measure and multiply by three.
- Water the fertilizer into the soil before applying it to your grass in order for it to be absorbed properly. Use a sprinkler or hand-watering can and saturate all areas around where you will be spreading fertilizer with water for at least one hour before spreading your product onto your lawn.
- Water your lawn well after applying any type of fertilizer so that it will be able to absorb nutrients without washing away too quickly when rained on later in September or October (when most fall rains occur).
How Much Fertilizer Do I Need?
The amount of fertilizer you will need depends on your lawn and the type of grass you have. If you have a small yard with a couple of patches of grass, then five pounds of slow-release fertilizer (or two bags) should do it. If you want to be sure that all your blades are covered, then go for 10 pounds (or three bags). And if you want that beautiful green look all year round and don’t mind paying a little extra money for it, then 20 pounds (or six bags) should do the trick. When buying any kind of fertilizer at the garden shop or hardware store, make sure they know what kind they are selling before making any decisions because some stores sell multiple types—and one might work better than another.
What Kind of Fertilizer Should I Use?
Fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. There are many different kinds of fertilizers available to choose from. These include organic, inorganic, natural, and synthetic products. Organic fertilizers are considered to be the best for your garden because they provide nutrients slowly over long periods of time as newly broken down material is released into the soil.
Natural vs Synthetic Fertilizers
Synthetic or chemical fertilizers are typically made from hydrocarbons (which come from oil or natural gas) or coal tar by-products (a substance left over after refining petroleum). They release their nutrients quickly but do not provide any nutrients back into the soil when they break down so they must be reapplied frequently throughout the growing season if you want healthy plants that produce well all summer long.
When To Apply Fertilizer
In September, you’ll be able to apply fertilizer to your lawn and improve the health, growth, and color of your grass. Fertilizing in September will help ensure that fall/winter weeds do not grow during this time.
When it comes to fertilizing, there are several different types of products on the market that can help give your grass a boost:
- Slow-release products – These types of fertilizers take longer for the nutrients inside them to be released into the soil where they can be absorbed by plants; however, this process is gentler on your lawn because it spreads out over time rather than all at once like many other types of fertilizer would do. This means that this type of fertilizer won’t damage any parts as much as others might if you were trying something new or used too much at once.
- Liquid feeds – If using liquid feedings instead sounds more appealing then these could also be helpful if desired; however, remember not to use too much at once because doing so could cause problems later down the road like burning up roots (which isn’t good).
How To Apply Fertilizer
Fertilizing your lawn is an essential part of caring for your yard and maintaining its health. Fertilizers contain nutrients that promote vigorous growth, healthier roots and leaves, and resistance to disease. By following a few simple guidelines, you can apply fertilizer to your lawn in September safely:
- Read the label carefully before purchasing a product. The right choice depends on what type of grass you have and what kind of fertilizer it needs (more on this later).
- Apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but don’t go overboard. Fertilizer should be applied at least once a year, but some grasses require more frequent applications than others do. For example: if you’re using cool-season grass like Kentucky bluegrass or tall fescue, be sure not to overdo it with nitrogen since these types tend toward lush growth while winter approaches; instead opt for a more balanced blend with more phosphorus as well as potassium which helps prevent winter burn from occurring during cold weather months so long as temperatures remain above freezing points throughout fall months until springtime arrives again next year when temperatures rise above freezing points again once again after being below freezing point temperatures for several days during early springtime periods occurring between late February through March timeframes where many regions experience frosty conditions throughout those same timeframes due to average temperature lows falling below 30 degrees Fahrenheit (F) overnight during nights when there’s no wind velocity present outside under clear skies every night which creates ideal conditions where the dew drops form on top surfaces.
How Long To Apply Fertilizer
How long after applying fertilizer should you water?
How long to wait between fertilizing and watering is dependent on the type of fertilizer you use, how much you apply, and the soil conditions in your yard. For example, if you have sandy soil that drains well and does not retain a lot of moisture, then it is not necessary to wait very long between fertilizing and watering because there will not be much time for nutrients to leach out of the root zone before they are taken up by plant roots. If the soil has more clay components than sand particles or if it has poor drainage properties due to compaction or other factors such as heavy rains, then waiting longer may be wise because nutrients will have more time to enter into a deep root zone where they can be stored until needed by plants.
How Often To Apply Fertilizer
You’ll want to apply fertilizer once a month, but you can also use a higher rate if you need to fertilize more often. You can do this with a water-soluble fertilizer or an organic product, such as an alfalfa meal or blood meal. If you want to apply the fertilizer less frequently and still get good results, consider using a lower rate of your preferred fertilizer.
What to Avoid When Fertilizing Your Lawn in September
You should avoid fertilizing during the hottest part of the day, especially if you’re using a dry fertilizer. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that if there is a drought, you’ll need to avoid fertilizing altogether since this will only add extra stress to your lawn. And finally, and most importantly, you should always fertilize at the right time.
Finally, remember that it’s best to fertilize your lawn in springtime rather than fall/autumn or winter.
September is a great time to fertilize your lawn.
- Start by watering your lawn deeply. Watering is the most important thing you can do to make sure your lawn gets the best results from fertilization, so make sure it’s done thoroughly and with care.
- Fertilize in late summer or early fall, September is an ideal time for fertilizing, as this will give your grass plenty of recovery time before winter comes along to put an end to its growth.
- If possible, avoid fertilizing when it’s hot out. Lawns that are being watered and fertilized at the same time may not grow as well as those that aren’t being watered at all (although this isn’t always true).
Now that you know when, how often and what type of fertilizer to use for your lawn, it’s time to get started. If you have any questions about these tips or want more information on how to fertilize in general, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are always happy to hear from our customers and provide advice on any topic related to gardening or landscaping.