Dr. Dirt: Fall color nearly peaks

Typically, the parade of fall color peaks this week, but don't hold your breath.  Mother Nature moves at her own pace. In the meantime, the leaves are falling from the trees that have suffered through another dry summer. The lawn mower does a pretty good job of shredding tree leaves and recycling them in the lawn.

There is plenty of soil moisture, so core aeration is an excellent fall practice to loosen the soil and reduce thatch. Spot treat areas of broadleaf lawn weeds while the weather is still nice and warm.

Many garden centers and nurseries are clearing out nursery stock at reduced prices.  And, fall is for planting, so although the selection of nursery stock is limited, take advantage of the lower prices.

Pansies are a super addition to the landscape at this time. They are tough enough to withstand the winter with a little mulch. They come on strong with late winter and early spring weather. They like it cool.

Obviously, there are a lot of dead ash trees to have to come down.  So, plan ahead on your tree work needs and save some real money.

Dr. Dirt made a trip to beautiful Parke County last week and the wooly worms were on the move. He enjoyed a few persimmons, but did not check the seed for a winter weather prediction. Split the seed and if you see a spoon, it means lots of snow. Knives indicate cold. The persimmon pulp means tasty desert treats.

Box elder bugs and stink bugs continue to seek winter quarters. Get out the caulk gun and keep them out of your house!

Happy Leaf-looking, Dr. Dirt

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