Winter Prep for Warm-Season Lawns

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Warm-season lawns have special nutritional needs during winter. Low daylight length, low sunlight intensity, and slower top growth during the winter contribute to these needs. Foliar-Pak offers tools to optimize plant health under these conditions. Any or all of these products can be used during fall, winter, or early spring when temperatures and sunlight are favorable enough to allow for plant uptake of nutrition.

Foundation Forty

Foundation Forty works to increase photosynthetic activity and improve carbon assimilation, expanding the plant’s ability to build carbohydrates. The amino acids in Foundation Forty improve nitrogen assimilation, helping the plant conserve valuable carbohydrates as well. The result is a plant that can build more energy during a critical period where the cards are stacked against it in terms of building carbohydrates.


Amperage provides the plant with micronutrients necessary for photosynthesis, helping improve plant color and health. Carbon sources in Amperage also supplement the carbohydrate reserves as the plant becomes limited in driving carbohydrate production through natural processes.

Armament P

Armament increases the availability of multiple nutrients, which is essential for two reasons. First, the root system of warm-season turf becomes compromised during winter when the plant is not functioning optimally. The plant needs every advantage it can get taking up nutrients, and Armament’s ability to unlock soil nutrients increases root uptake. Second, the accumulation of salts from heavier irrigation water usage creates nutrient imbalances and precipitation of nutrients. Armament counteracts the effects of poor irrigation water.

The phosphorus in Armament P is also a very critical nutrient during the winter. The plant needs phosphorus to build ATP, which is the fuel that drives the plant’s engine. If phosphorus is limited, then the plant suffers from the inability to drive plant reactions and fails.

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About the Author Curt Geron

I am a Foliar-Pak territory manager and the lead for Foliar-Pak product development. I’ve been with EnP Investments, the manufacturer of Foliar-Pak, for almost nine years. In addition to my responsibilities at EnP, I’ve worked as golf course superintendent and owner/operator of a lawn care company. With B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agronomy from The Ohio State University, I developed a passion for plant science and fertility. If you would like to learn more about the science behind our products or discuss practical applications for using our products to improve turfgrass and plant health, let’s connect.

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