Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
Should I apply a “winterizer” fertilizer to my lawn?
Despite the advertisements, the time to fertilize our warm-season grasses in Florida is during the growing season, not when our lawns are going to "sleep" for the winter. The word "winterizer" is misleading. Many so-called winterizer fertilizers available in our area can cause more damage than good because they contain too much nitrogen and too little potassium. These fertilizers can cause new tender growth at
The time to fertilize our lawn grasses in Florida is during the growing season, not when the grasses are going to “sleep” for the winter.
In Florida, all of our lawn grasses begin to fade and slowdown in growth during fall. They are supposed to go dormant. Some will go dormant earlier than others based on species, location and to some extent management.
The grasses we use to create lawns are warm season grasses such as centipedegrass, St. augustinegrass, bahiagrass,