Fall & Winter Fertilizer: Step 4 to a Healthy Lawn


Applying IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer

Each September, we’re reminded twice of the transition from summer to fall; unofficially over Labor Day weekend and officially later in the month. It’s usually still warm in the beginning of September, but the nights begin to cool off, and soon, nature shows vivid signs of change.

The change in season doesn’t mean it’s time to lay off the lawn just yet. In fact, fall fertilizer is the most important lawn feeding of the year.

IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer helps prepare your lawn for winter and early spring with much-needed nutrients. It’s locally formulated to give your lawn strong roots and store energy, encouraging a healthy spring turf and an early green up.

Each fertilizer pellet is coated with IFA exclusive Omnicote for an even nutrient distribution. It contains three types of non-staining iron – quick, medium and slow release – to provide a superior dark green lawn in the fall and early spring.

With the cool winter months ahead, it’s good to know your lawn is ready and you’ll have a head start on the neighborhood come spring.

When to apply: SEPT., OCT. OR NOV.

Apply IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer anytime between the beginning of September and November (or the first snowfall in your area). Make sure at least 4 to 6 weeks have passed between applying IFA Step 3 Spring & Summer Fertilizer and IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer.

How To Apply:

  1. Add IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter to spreader
  2. Set spreader (see recommendations below)
  3. Apply to a dry (non-wet) lawn
  4. Water thoroughly soon after application
  5. Apply only once


Recommended Spreader Settings:

Before applying, consider the following settings: Scotts Elite Spreader, 8; Earthway EV-N-Spred, 17; IFA Spreader, 17; Scotts Whirl Hand Spreader, 5 (*apply over lawn twice); and Scotts Wizz Hand Spreader, 6 (*apply over lawn twice). Uniformly apply over your lawn and slightly overlap walking paths (especially with drop spreaders) to avoid lines.

As a general rule, open any spreader 1/4 inch and walk at a normal pace. If you walk at a faster pace, you’ll need to open up the spreader slightly more. Adjust any setting based on your preference and pace.

Spreader settings are approximate. Check your spreader for accuracy. The settings are based upon a maximum rate of 4.0 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. For questions regarding any of our spreaders, please ask an employee at your local IFA Country Store.


How big is your yard?

Insert the width and length of your yard in the calculator to determine the overall square footage.

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Plus, Bountiful Earth Humate

Who doesn’t want a healthier lawn? IFA Bountiful Earth Humate is a key ingredient in the IFA 4-Step Plus Lawn Care Program. It helps promote thatch decomposition, allowing water and fertilizer to more readily reach the root zone. When applied with IFA Step 4 Fall & Winter Fertilizer, your home lawn is darker and healthier by helping to improve the availability of iron and other trace materials.

Humate – an element derived from the ancient remains of decomposed organic plant materials – helps stimulate soil microbial life, helping to release vital nutrients that would otherwise be inaccessible to grass. Humate helps create thick, deep roots that hold nitrogen in the root zone, allowing your lawn to retain a longer lasting green color. It helps improve soil fertility and assists your lawn to use less water by increasing root vitality and depth, even in clay soils.

Apply 10 lbs. per 1,000 sq.ft. once in the fall and spring (along with IFA Step 1 Crabgrass & Spurge Preventer). Since humate cannot burn, applications exceeding this amount will only enhance the benefits listed above.


Information for this article was provided by Ken Holt, Lawn & Garden Category Manager, IFA Country Store.