Winterizer, or the 7th application, is a very unique lawn treatment for Northeast lawns. Winterizer treatment can only be offered if we are experiencing an extended lawn care season. This typically occurs when we have a shorter winter the previous year which allows us to get on the lawns in early spring. If winter lasts through March and into April, then the first application of fertilizer will not be applied until mid spring. With 4-6 weeks between applications, that leaves only enough time to lay down six fertilizer applications. However, when the winter in the Northeast ends earlier our window of opportunity to treat lawns expands. A 7th round of fertilization – as we call it Winterizer – is then available to be applied to your lawn.
So really what is Winterizer? Our Winterizer application is a slow-release organic blend which becomes stored in the roots to promote an early spring green-up. This treatment is specially-formulated to help protect your lawn against winter kill and snow mold disease.
What causes snow mold? If the lawn is actively growing when we get a snowstorm, there is a greater chance that fungus will attack the shoot of the leaf blade. The pathogen survives the unfavorable conditions as dormant mycelia in living or dead grass plants and debris. Snow mold thrives on high soil pH, excessive thatch and cool temperatures (32-45°). It becomes extremely important to take the necessary measures to try and prevent this from happening. One thing homeowners can do is be sure to rake up all leaves and debris off the lawn this fall. Leaving fallen leaves covering the lawn can create a matted down, disease ridden area. As always, the weather is unpredictable and in the hands of Mother Nature so we can only do our best help prevent this lawn disease.