Think about what fall brings, besides football. You get cooler temperatures, more dew and rain, and plenty of sunshine. The soil is still warm enough to germinate seeds, but the cool air invites grass to grow a strong root system. That's why fall is the best time for seeding and feeding your lawn. It will look great in the spring and able to resist weeds and summer stresses.
Seeding in the Fall
Your most successful seeding time is around Labor Day. Seeding two weeks before or after that easy-to-remember holiday gives your new seedlings time to build strong roots. In fact, overseeding with grass seed and fertilizer in the fall can make your lawn up to 49% thicker next spring.* Scotts® has a broad range of seed products for your area that produce beautiful, durable lawns.
Handy Tips for Seeding
Once you spread your grass seed, keep the ground moist until the new grass is 2 inches tall. Otherwise, the seeds will dry out and die. Also, use the recommended spreader setting when you seed. This will ensure that your new grass gets all the nutrients and moisture it needs to thrive. You can give your new grass a boost by fertilizing with Scotts® Starter® Fertilizer.
Feeding in the Fall
Fall conditions are great for lawns. Grass roots start to store nutrients the grass will need when it wakes up again in the spring. Help those roots grow by fertilizing. Your best bet is to feed once in early fall (if you're overseeding, your starter fertilizer counts) and once more about six to eight weeks later around Thanksgiving. Scotts® WinterGuard® Lawn Fertilizer is formulated to deliver the nutrients grass needs to get through the winter and come up strong the following year.
A Handy Tip for Fall Feeding
Do two jobs at once. As your tree leaves start to fall, don't waste time raking them. Instead, mulch them up with your mower, and leave them on the grass. Apply your second feeding of Scotts® WinterGuard® after you've mulched most of your leaves, and two important things happen: WinterGuard will help break down those leaves, and your lawn will look even better in the spring.