seed or fertilize first?

Asked October 20, 2017, 10:24 AM EDT

Do you put down seed now and then fertilize for weeds and for the grass to strengthen or the other way around?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

When you seed, you can fertilize with a starter fertilizer. Your existing lawn should be fertilized, too, but not with starter fertilizer.

Late August-early September is the best time to seed a lawn, because it gives the new grass seedlings plenty of time to get established before freezing temperatures hit. Mid-October is the latest time we recommend seeding, though the warm temperatures this fall, and prediction for the winter, may make a seeding now successful.

Please read through this publication for seeding success: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20L...

There is also a weeds section on our homepage that you should find helpful.

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