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Next-Level Fall Fairway Nutrition

Posted by Ben Pease, Agronomist on September 01, 2022

Fairways and roughs have had a stressful year. Increased rounds and insect population outbreaks have pushed your turf to its limit. So how do you best help it recover?

Preparation for your course’s next busy season begins in this season, the fall fertilization season. Aerification recovery, decreased sunlight, and increased fall rounds played can stress out even the best-managed fairways and roughs. Proper fall fertilization and cultural practices can make all the difference in helping turf recover from a stressful summer season and enter the winter best prepared for the upcoming spring.

The Importance of Fall Fertility
Fall fertilization is one of the best tools for helping fairways and roughs recover from summer stress as the turfgrass plant stores much of its carbohydrate supply during this time, rather than consuming it for shoot growth. Cooler nights and shorter days result in most grasses driving root growth. Nitrogen fertility applied in the fall has a positive effect on turfgrass growth and performance in the following spring. Phosphorus applications are also important if overseeding tees, fairways, or roughs during the fall months, as phosphorus will promote seedling establishment through increased root growth.

Product Recommendations
Whether your turf is recovering from recent aerification events, you’re overseeding rough to recover from armyworm damage, encouraging new seedlings, or you're looking to feed and strengthen your surviving turf, these technology-centric products are designed to simplify application and improve overall plant health.

Humic Coated Ammonium Sulfate (HCAS) utilizes proprietary technology to produce clean, spherical, free-flowing granules bonded with potassium humate. HCAS (20-0-0-23S) delivers nitrogen, sulfur, and humic acid with two formulations: large particle, spreadable granules ideal for broadcast applications, and smaller particle, soluble granules ideal for foliar fertility applications. 




Humic Coated Urea (HCU) is a cost-effective 44-0-0 nitrogen granule that is bonded with potassium humate. This proprietary technology delivers important soil and plant health benefits that traditional nitrogen sources cannot provide.

22-0-4 with HCU
In our 22-0-4 Fertilizer with HCU, we’ve replaced the limestone filler with Black Gypsum DG®, an amendment that provides secondary nutrients (calcium and sulfur), helps to relieve soil compaction and salinity, and improves root development.


9-12-6 with HCU
Ideal for a wide variety of applications, including new turf establishment and maintenance, 9-12-6 Fertilizer with HCU contains SmartPhos® slow-release phosphorus, Black Gypsum DG and humic acid.




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Tony Goldsby


Ben Pease is the Agronomist for The Andersons Turf & Specialty business, responsible for research, service, and technical support. Ben received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and earned his doctorate degree from Iowa State University. Ben has also served as the Assistant Superintendent for Cherokee Country Club (Madison, WI) and Whistling Straits Golf Courses (Sheboygan, WI). To contact Ben, click here.

© 2022 The Andersons, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Andersons logo is a registered trademark of The Andersons, Inc. Black Gypsum DG and SmartPhos are registered trademarks of The Andersons, Inc. HCU is a trademark of The Andersons, Inc. 

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