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Just because Labor Day has come and gone it doesn’t mean you can give up on lawn care until next spring. If you haven’t fertilized since spring now would be a good time to do so. If you have a lot of weeds in the lawn you can try a fertilizer that contains a broadleaf herbicide. These products usually provide less than ideal weed control. The use of a liquid herbicide, such as Ortho Weed B Gon, will provide much better control. Compared to the summer months, it is much easier to control weeds in late September to early October.
Several annual lawn weeds will be taken care of by old man winter himself. For example, if you have crabgrass or barnyard grass, I wouldn’t recommend trying to kill them now since they will be killed by the first hard frost.
September is the best month for lawn repair whether you are using sod or seed. Warm days and cool nights are ideal for the growth of new grass. There is less competition with weeds at this time. Even though seed or sod still needs to be watered every day, there is a reduced chance that it will dry out during the day. Grass will still need to be mowed on a regular basis until top growth has stopped, usually around the last week of October. For the last mowing of the year some people like to lower the cutting height. It is OK to do this but only lower the height by one setting on the mower. When the leaves start to fall from the trees try not to let them lay on the grass for too many days. They can smother the grass and kill it if left in place for too long, especially if the leaves are wet.
Good, continuous and consistent seasonal care makes for a happier lawn come spring.
Issues that May Occur with Summer Lawn Seeding
Seeding a lawn in the summer can often produce less than ideal results. There are several problems that can affect the seeding. High temperatures (above 85 degrees F) can prevent the seed from germinating. Certain weeds, particularly velvet leaf, germinate better at those high temperatures. Often by the time temperatures have cooled enough to favor grass seed germination, the seed bed is taken over by the weeds.
Another problem affecting seedling turf is a fungus called pythium. When night time temperatures remain above 70 and high humidity, this disease can kill a new stand of grass seedlings in 1-2 days. Pythium is most prevalent before the grass has grown enough for its first mowing. Avoid watering in the evening so that the leaf blades are not wet overnight.
When possible, try to hold off on sowing grass seed in the summer. Shortly after Labor Day is the best time to sow grass. The temperatures and rainfall are usually more conducive to growing quickly, filling in, and to less problems such as the above.
Now that it’s officially spring, you might be thinking about lawn maintenance and fertilization. Before you know it the grass will be growing so fast that it will need to be mowed every other day. For most lawns 3 or 4 fertilizer applications per growing season are sufficient.
When should you apply your first treatment?
Look for the Forsythias in bloom. Actually, we saw them blooming last Friday, so now is the ideal time to apply. Usually we have to wait until mid-April — Global Warming one might think.
Preemergent Crabgrass Control Treatment
If you need to apply a preemergent crabgrass control fertilizer, now would be a good time to do that, as well. The soil has to reach 50 degrees, and it’s probably there or pretty close.
Have you been on a seasonal fertilization schedule?
If you fertilized last fall, mid-to-late October, (and don’t need to apply preemergent crabgrass control now) then you can wait until the second half of May to make the first fertilizer application.
The next application would be around Labor Day. At this time, grass is often coming out of summer dormancy and the fertilizer will help perk it up. The final fertilizer application should be made mid-to-late October, around the time of the last mowing. Turf roots are still active for a short time after leaf growth stops. The grass will convert the fertilizer to carbohydrates and store them until needed the following spring.
If you plan on irrigating the lawn during the summer, an additional application might be needed around the 4th of July.
Annual Lawn Maintenance Contracts
Let us keep you on schedule with your fertilizer applications, so you don’t have to remember when you last applied. We also offer seasonal contracts for mowing services.