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September Lawn Preparation

September Lawn Preparation

Fall planting ― Begin planting trees and shrubs this month. Planting in autumn allows them time to grow roots and transition into the garden.

Water ― As temperatures begin to cool, plants need less water. Adjust your watering schedule for lawns, borders, and containers. Pay close attention to containers as they tend to become waterlogged.

Grass Maintenance – The best time to patch bare or thin spots is when the hot, dry days of summer have given way to cooler temps.

Follow these simple steps:

  • -Remove any dead grass.
    – Break up the soil with a garden trowel.
    – Add an inch of compost and work it into the soil.
    – Add grass seed that’s designed for shade or full sun, depending. Spread the seed evenly across the bare patch.
    – Use a hard-tooth rake to work the seed into the soil to a depth of about half an inch.
    – Sprinkle grass clippings over the patch to help prevent the soil from drying out.
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    Pre-Emergent

    A Pre-Emergent lawn care product eliminates weeds at the earliest stage of growth — before you even see them.

    A Pre-Emergent is activated in the top layer of soil, where the weed seeds sprout, and keeps the plant from developing. Because the seed is allowed to germinate, and the young tender sprout is killed, the weed is eliminated permanently. This is one key advantage over just putting down new soil or mulch to bury the seeds. Weed seeds remain viable many years, waiting for a chance to pop up. Pre-Emergents break the cycle of constant regrowth of new weeds.

    Typical applications occur in early spring before warm season weeds appear and in autumn for cool season weeds. These preventative herbicides actually can be helpful throughout the majority of the growing season. Various weeds germinate at different times, so repeated applications of the correct chemical can eliminate the majority of the weeds in any lawn or yard.

    A fall or winter application is necessary in some geographical areas. In some southern climates, a winter application is necessary to protect against crabgrass as early as January or February. A summer application can be helpful, even necessary, in those areas where certain weeds wait for the hot weather. Many spots need to be ready for a second onslaught by some early weeds that can reseed and grow the same season, like the ever-present dandelion.

    Give us a call and we can walk you through your specific needs.

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    Fall Lawn Care Tips

    Fall is a great time to give your lawn that extra boost it needs to make it through the winter months. Cool-season grasses especially need a fall feeding to get ready for next spring. Here are a few tips on how to winterize your lawn. Fall Lawn Fertilizing

    • Fertilize cool-season grasses, such as ryegrass, fescue and bluegrass in September, October or November.
    • Fertilize warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, Bahia, centipede, St. Augustine and Zoysia in July, August or September. Don’t overfertilize centipede.
    • Specially formulated winterizing fertilizers are higher in potassium than regular lawn food. Potassium is the nutrient that makes grasses more winter hardy. Apply winterizers as the last fertilizer application of the growing season.

    Controlling Lawn Disease, Weeds and Insects

    • To help prevent lawn diseases during the fall and winter, remove leaves from your yard. Leaves left on the lawn encourage disease by preventing sunlight and air from reaching the grass. Use a rake or blower to collect the leaves and add them to a compost pile. If you’d rather, you can go over them with a mulching mower, chopping them into a fine compost for your grass.
    • For weed control during the winter months, apply a pre-emergent weed killer. Some products feature a combination fertilizer and weed killer called “weed and feed.”

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    Height Does Matter

    Proper mowing is one of the most important practices in keeping your lawn healthy. Grasses are like most plants — if you clip off the growing points (for grass, it’s in the crown, where the new leaves develop), the plants branch out and become denser, which in this case, turns thousands of individual grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. If you didn’t mow at all, your yard would look more like a prairie than a lawn. But the mere act of mowing isn’t what makes a lawn look good. Mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks.

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