Natural Fall Fertilizer
Every the weather in Texas is different. One day in August 2011 DFW had a record high temperature of 107 degrees, this year, the same date produced a record low high temperature below 80. Gardeners have to be flexible.One year's schedule will not work the next year. In Dallas the earliest first freeze recorded was October 22, 1898 the latest first freeze was January 4, 1972! In February 2000 our earliest last freeze was February 5 while the latest freeze was April 13, 1958. Our charts showing the average first and last frost dates for major cities in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Natural Fall Fertilizer 3-0-5 and Fall Lawn Care
Fall lawn feeding should be done not later than six weeks before the average first frost date. In the Dallas/Fort Worth the average first frost date is November 22. Apply it before October 11. We are going to move our fall fertilization schedule for Nature’s Guide Natural Fall Fertilizer up a notch because we have had a relatively cool August with above average rainfall. The growth stimulated by these weather conditions has used a lot of available nutrition in the soil and it needs to be replaced. This year apply Nature’s Guide Fall Fertilizer any time after September 1. North of Austin it should be down before the first of October. South of Austin and along the Gulf Coast you have until the end of October in most years.
We make our Natural Fall Fertilizer specifically for late summer and early fall feeding. It has a natural alfalfa base similar to our Premium Turf Food. To this we have added a faster releasing nitrogen components in the form of heat pasteurized poultry litter and soybean meal. The three products work together to provide a natural food for thriving soil microorganisms that is quickly broken down into readily available nitrogen. Unlike chemical fertilizers our natural nitrogen will green up lawns without overstimulating tender growth that can deplete the soil.
Lawn grasses need fall feeding to survive winter the stress of winter cold and have a nutrient base to start growing in the spring. While this is important in all parts of the United States this is especially important in our Texas climate where fall can be extended and spring often arrives early.
We have eliminated phosphorus content from this formula. Phosphorus is the most polluting of all fertilizer components and should only be used sparingly. Grasses need little phosphorus for growth. Excess phosphorus washes into rivers and lakes by runoff from typical fall rains. It overstimulates the growth of algae and aquatic plants. Algae can reduce water clarity which reduces oxygen content which in turn causes damage to fish and other aquatic wild life. Overgrowth of water plants can clog streams and lakes.
We use only natural Sulfate of Potash in our Fall Fertilizer. It is obtained by a natural evaporative process from the Great Salt Lake. This is an organically approved process. Chemical fertilizers use muriate of potash or potassium chloride. Potassium chloride, found in most synthetic fall or winter fertilizers can be harmful to beneficial soil bacteria. Our naturally obtained potash stimulates strong root systems and improves winter hardiness. Sulfate of potash is more readily available than the traditional chemical form of potash. It readily dissolves in water and can quickly reach plant root systems. Its natural sulfur content is more beneficial to plants and less harmful to soils than Potassium Chloride with its corrosive salt content.
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