Dr. Dirt: Protecting your lawn during the heat

It's going to be a hot week ahead so get out the hoses and watering cans!

The lawns are really suffering with rust everywhere. Now is the time to apply the Scott's Step 3 for a fast lawn recovery once it rains again.

Funnel spiders are busy on lawns catching insects, which is good. Crickets and grasshoppers are big and hungry at this time; they are enjoying vegetable gardens. 

Crabapple, cottonwood and buckeye trees are losing lots of leaves, but this is normal for this time of the year.

Ash trees continue to have emerald ash borer problems. Some shade trees are breaking out fall color on branches that have slow growth.  Watering will help trees.

Questions about tar spot on maple leaves continue.  Some control can be had by raking and disposing of the infected leaves this fall.  However, tar spot is uncommon in this area, but because of the wet spring, it showed up in abundance.

It's now or never for seeding lawn areas.  Seeding must be done by the middle of September for the new seedlings to withstand winter alternate freezing and thawing. 

Happy Gardening, Dr. Dirt

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