The best time of the year to fertilize your lawn is early fall. Cool season fescue grasses grow rapidly in spring and fall. If you only fertilize once a year, the best time to do it is now.
September and October are the good months to control perennial broadleaf weeds like dandelions and clover. In autumn the weeds prepare for winter by pulling nutrients and starches from their leaves into their roots. By doing this, they also draw herbicides into their root systems, thus more effectively killing the weed. Actively growing grass will quickly fill in the bare spots created after the weeds die.
This is a good time for planting fescue grass seed because it does grow rapidly in the cool fall weather and there is less competition from germinating weeds.
Although many people consider fall a time to relax and watch football on television, don’t pick up the remote until the lawn care is done. Next year’s lawn will be the better for it.