Dr. Dirt : Fall is the perfect time for seasonal lawn care

Home and gardening tips from Dr. Dirt


Fall officially arrives at 10:49 a.m. this Saturday, which is the perfect time for seasonal lawn care. 

Pay attention to seeding.  Those tiny seedling roots must grow deep enough to withstand alternate freezing and thawing.  If you expect grass seed to germinate and grow, it must come in contact with the bare soil

Broadleaf weeds are making up for lost time.  Spot treat weedy lawn areas.  Thatching is a lot of work, so take care of the thatch and improve the soil by core aerating. 

The larger garden centers and nurseries have been loading up on ornamental plants.  Fall is for planting, and the sooner you plant, the faster the plants become established before cold weather. 

Fall is perfect time to plant pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale.  These plants will tolerate cold weather, so get them in the ground now. 

Insects like the boxelder bug (red), hackberry nipple gall (black), crickets (brown or black) and lady beetles, will be heading for your house with the cooler weather.  Caulking any tiny cracks and holes around the outside of the house is the best way to keep them out.

 Happy Gardening, Dr. Dirt

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