Fall Lawn Fertilizer // WINTERIZER and Late Fall Lawn Tips // ALL GRASS TYPES // Thrower' Down


okay okay okay all right well if you're

gonna be feisty it's okay

that's good that means you're not dead

if you're feisty what's up y'all I'm

Alan Haines the lawn care nut thanks for

coming back for yet another week so the

questions have been coming in pretty hot

and heavy when it comes to winterizer

and final lawn prep and that's for all

of you guys no matter where you live

north south east or west so I figured

I'd come to you today and bring a video

that's going to talk about those final

steps of the year and then is it too

late to put down a winterizer now it's

gonna be different for the grass type so

make sure you watch this entire video

but we'll start with you guys up north

with coal season grass Kentucky

bluegrass perennial rye and turf type

tall fescue lawns


I know a bunch y'all had snow that hits

you on Halloween night because a bunch

of people sent me pictures but I think

by now that's probably mostly gone the

key is to know though that you're not

done yet but you're definitely close and

the signs are showing it as far as a

winterizer goes that's kind of a

marketing term and when I say that it

just means the last application that you

do for the year and really that

application isn't meant to provide very

much if any benefit for you this year

it's really meant to provide all the

benefit next year think of your

winterizer like your pre-workout for

spring 2020 you take it now and it's

gonna kick in right as soil temperatures

raise to 55 next spring and because it's

a pre-workout that means we're gonna

feed it with nitrogen because never

forget nitrogen drives the bus nitrogen

drives the growth and nitrogen drives

the green color that we're looking for

before all of our neighbors so real

quick take a look at this growth

calendar for cool season turf we are

right here just entering winter and you

can see we are just coming out of a

major growth period now we're gonna go

dormant all winter because remember the

key is that the ground freezes in most

cases where you have a cool season lawn

but looking here in the spring it's a

super fast ramp up and that's because of

the shorter growing season so cool

season turf has to take off really fast

that's why high nitrogen is so important

in your winterizer this is opposed to

warm season turf which I said we're

going to talk about here very shortly

but you can see we don't start ramping

up until the later spring and in some

cases even the early summer

so when you're looking for a winterizer

fertilizer nitrogen is the main thing

you look for and I'm gonna tell you

right now the best place to get a

winterizer fertilizer is the cheapest

place and that's gonna be the back

aisles of stores that carry fertilizer

but they don't carry it as a main you

know product in their line not a home

depot not ELO's but actually like a

Walmart or a Sam's Club or a Target

store go to the back of the garden

center and see what they've got on

clearance chances are you're gonna get

all kinds of really cool fertilizer with

high nitrogen in it and it'll be cheap

and discounted and probably even on

clearance that's the fertilizer that you

want to get cheap and easy I don't care

if it's fast release slow release quick

release no release release now release

later release all-around it's gonna have

plenty of time to grind it into the soil

and do its thing again we care about

what its gonna do next year and so next

let's then talk about the timing

so the timing of your winterizer for

cool-season lon is right after the final

mowing of the year you kind of know when

that is you've been feeling the ramp

down as you've been taking care of it a

lot of you guys that last mowing of the

year you don't look forward to it

because you know that it kind of kicks

you off into the winter time but the

good news there is is that when you feel

that when you know all right this is the

last mole of the year that's also when

you do that final throwdown

so that means you get to do a double

whim and you get to do a last mow and a

last throw now I recommend you get down

a full pound of nitrogen this

application and there's a lot of

different ways you can get it again

depending on the fertilizer that you use

if you got stuff left over in the garage

by all means use that but again if you

need to buy something I recommend you

look for those clearance racks like I

mentioned before and so with that let's

just do a little bit of quick math so

you understand how to get down a full

pound of nitrogen for your winter ice

okay let's start with this because this

is the kind of thing that you're

probably gonna find on the clearance

section of Target or Walmart like I was

talking about now this says southern

lawn food but that's just marketing link

because you'll see up here they put

apply to any grass type and that's

because they probably distribute this

all throughout the south up into the

transition zone and who knows where else

it ends up the truth of the matter is

this is just nutrients and that's one of

the keys when you're looking for that

winterizer fertilizer is you don't want

anything that's got insect control weed

control fungicide in it none of that you

just want fertilizer so if it says

triple action double action quadruple

action stay away from that you just want

something that's only gonna have

fertilizer in it and that's what you can

tell here Turf Builder lawn food it

doesn't say lawn food plus insect killer

or anything like that it's just lawn

food so that's the first thing to look

at but what really matters though is we

got to get into the meat of her and

you're gonna get into the meat on the

back side now I don't know why Scott's

hides the analysis like they do but you

can see here way down here in the fine

print that the Scott's southern lawn

food here is a 32 oh 10 there's what it

looks like so that is called the

analysis 30 to 0 10 that's what that is

what this stands for is in for nitrogen

P for phosphorous and k for potassium

this is the one we care most about for

cool season lawn and these are

percentages so what this is telling you

is that 32% of everything in this bag is

nitrogen it's zero percent phosphorus

and 10 percent of everything in here is

potassium now I don't care about the

potassium unless you have a soil test

that says you need it we're gonna have

frozen ground here all winter anyway

with cool-season lawns so I don't really

care about the potassium remember that

growth calendar we looked at I really

care about the nitrogen so that in the

spring when the lawn needs it it can

push it out really really fast so once

again we know that this product is 32%

and I want you to put down one full

pound of nitrogen or more for your

winterize your don't go over a pound and

a half but let's just go for that full

pound we know that of everything in this

bag 32% of it is nitrogen and remember

everything we do and lawn care is based

on 1,000 square foot increments

everything that's how it works that's

why this even tells you that this oh my


that's why this even tells you that this

bag covers 5000 square feet that's

called the bag rate by the way but you

can see it's in 1,000 square foot

increments so every time we talk we're

talking in 1,000 square foot increments

so if I want to get down one full pound

of nitrogen across every 1,000 square

feet of my lawn then that means I need

to put down right about three pounds of

that product so three pounds of this

stuff at 32 percent nitrogen will then

contain 0.96 pounds of nitrogen 0.96 is

close enough to one close enough for

government work and jazz of course so

let's review that again 32 percent of

this is nitrogen that means if I put

down three pounds of this across 1,000

square feet I will get 32 times three

which is point nine six pounds for one

pound of nitrogen so three pounds for

one thousand square foot of this product

will get you your one pound of nitrogen

that you need for your winterized this

is a quarter of a bag of carbon X here

right this is really great way to show

the product I'm sure but long story and

the shorter that let's pull a little bit

out a lot of you have this and you want

to know if this is a good winterizer

this is a 2404 remember everything we do

is in 1,000 square foot increments so if

this is a 2404 it's 24 percent nitrogen

so if you want to get close to that one

pound you would put down 4 pounds per

thousand square feet because what's four

times 24 it's point nine six okay let's

do one more here this is the Sunnyland

all-natural bio solid it's a six four

zero it's a milorganite clone if you get

milorganite it works just as well I just

don't happen to have any right now but

milorganite biosolids like this these

also make a great winterizer but there's

something you're going to discover here

because the analysis is six four zero

that means that the product is six

percent nitrogen

remember 1,000 square foot is still the

standard but because it's six percent

nitrogen takes a lot more pounds on the

ground to pull the nutrients out of an

organic that means that you need 16

pounds across every 1000 square feet

because 16 times 6 is 0.96 so in order

to get that full pound you need 16

pounds on the ground and that's

something to illustrate for the future

for you guys when you're choosing

fertilizer of any kind for any time of

the year is the nitrogen is typically

what drives the bus the other stuff is

there if you need it if you have a soil

test that says you do but nitrogen is

the main element that you need and in

this case a full organic 16 pounds on

the ground to get 1 pound of nitrogen

per thousand this is a hybrid the carbon

ex hybrid means it's got synthetic

fertilizer in there that's what the

white stuff is but then it's also got

the funky fresh goodness of the biochar

and the organic chicken litter and humic

acid and all that fun stuff

so you don't need quite as much pounds

on the ground of that because it is

juiced with the synthetics 4 pounds per

thousand owner to get 0.96 pounds of in

4,000 and then you have the full

synthetic up here the Scots you only

need 3 pounds per thousand so less

pounds on the ground to get the same

result of nitrogen but none of the funky

fresh goodness so it's a matter of full

organic hybrid or full synthetic all of

these have their place and none of them

are bad this one will be the cheapest on

your budget especially if you find it at

the back corner of a target this one

adds a lot of funky fresh goodness into

your soil along with quick release and

fast results and this one slow and low

great for the soil all around all the

time take a combination at least 3 and

you're good but right now we mainly just

care about a winterizer so you choose

which one you want and throw her down

another question I get a lot about

cool-season lawns is should I mow lower

just before winter and the answer is

sure if you want to mow one notch lower

maybe two before winter you can but keep

in mind this the longer end of the

season that you continue watering

coupled with leaving your lawn a little

bit longer will help your lawn state

greener all winter it never fails that

every year like in January or February

somewhere across the Midwest or up into

the east they'll be a warm spill and all

the snow will melt away and I'll get

pictures from you guys showing me your

winter domination pictures where your

lawns stayed a few shades greener in

some cases a lot of shades greener then

everyone else's that checked out and

went totally brown and dormant so if

you're somebody that cares about that

winter domination then you should

definitely leave your lawn a little bit

longer all during the winter it's not

really gonna hurt anything however if

you do cut a little bit lower before

winter you can reduce your chances of

snow mold in the spring we don't need to

go into snow mold in this video because

really it's not anything to worry about

even if you get a major outbreak of it

next spring it's not a big deal

the winterizer that you're putting down

right now will help push it right

through and it won't be an eyesore for

very long anyway the thing about snow

mold is it's usually caused by prolonged

periods where the lawn is covered by a

blanket of fresh snow now that's good

and bad it's bad in the fact that

actually keeps the soil surface a little

bit warmer than the rest of the air

outside which does allow that snow mold

to kind of percolate under there however

the good thing about snow cover all

winter is is it acts as a natural anti

desiccant and what desiccation is is

it's basically the drying out of the

plant and if your grass plants get too

dried out over winter they can die the

more important thing to consider with

mowing is is that you get all the leaves

off you definitely don't want leaves

left on the lawn underneath snow now

somes gonna happen but if you can do the

best you can to keep them cleaned off

that's the most important thing and

mowing is a piece of that because mowing

helps clean them up I'll link in the

description below as well as in the I up

here a video I did several years ago

showing you how to know if your leaf

covers too thick to mulch in or if you

should bag them up and all that kind of

stuff because everybody wants to know

about cleaning up leaves as well now

warm season lawns it's a whole different

thing for us because for the most part

our soil never freezes and if your

ground doesn't freeze then that means

your roots don't freeze and the soil

biology doesn't freeze so things are

still going on down there and you don't

want to neglect oh even though the lawns

dormant over winter the soil is not

now let's look at the warm season growth

calendar you can see that we peak in the

middle of the summer and we're way down

here on the end of our growth curve so

the last thing we want to be doing to

warm season lawns this late in the

season is pushing nitrogen especially

because our soils don't freeze and

things are still alive and still working

down there albeit slowly the last thing

we want to do is to try to get the lawn

to run we just want to keep our warm

season turf chillin happy and relaxed

and the best way to do that is to

maintain good turgor pressure now warm

season folks because your warm season

folks now because your ground doesn't

freeze you need to keep irrigating all

winter long again as long as the ground

isn't frozen just because the grass is

dormant the soil is not soil organisms

are there and some small amount of

growth does occur in the turf itself so

you want to keep things nice and

irrigated so for warm season lawns keep

them irrigated when someone is sick

what's the first thing you always ask

them are you properly hydrated have you

been drinking enough water and a warm

season law and it's time of stress is

winter because that's when it's going

dormant and the thing that you want to

make sure that it gets during that time

of stress is water and the second thing

you can do to help make sure that it

maintains that water that it stays

hydrated that it holds homeostasis is to

give it potash and so the one thing you

can give your warm season turf just

before winter or even during winter is a

nice dose of potash this is why I have

my zero zero twenty death I appear

product that will give you pre-emergence

control against invading winter weeds

such as poet annua hairy bitter crests

chickweed and himbut but also give you a

dose of potash to help that lawn

maintain that turgor pressure and by the

way that's why you've always heard that

potassium is good for the lawn during

stress but most people think of that

with cool-season lawns and summer stress

and that is very true but also think of

it with warm season lawns and winter

stress again our ground is not frozen

things are still happening but it is

definitely a time of stress the colder

it gets keeping a properly hydrated

plant is important with your warm season


now South Florida just real quick things

are completely different for us I'm

gonna put out a video here later this

week and I'm gonna give you the full

wintertime pre-emergent schedule all the

way up into the spring as well as talk

about what we can do to continue

fertilizing because we're gonna be

mowing at least weekly all the way here

through the winter and if you're down in

Miami and you really want to push things

you could probably keep mowing twice a

week look for that video later on this

week as well as some fun sprinkler donut

videos and some other things that I have

coming up so with that I'm gonna end it

here please put your questions in the

comments below I'll answer as many as I

can because I'm sure I didn't cover

everything here so let's have a

discussion in the comments below and if

this video was helpful to you please hit

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Haines the lawn care nut thanks for

watching and I'll see you in the lawn so

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I got you oh poor little buddy

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