WHAT A YEAR!!!
For all intents and purposes, we’ve had a challenging year for lawns.
- a three month summer drought in the northeast
- late but ravenous chinch bugs
- a plague of invasive undesirable grasses
ALL IS NOT LOST!
Here are our recommendations for your
fall lawn fixes after summer drought:
Higher than normal soil temperatures have extended the time window for seeing results from fall seeding through October. You will see the results from seeding tall fescue and perennial ryegrass far later than the time frames we’ve been accustomed to. Don’t despair; things can get better relatively soon.
In all cases, you should have at least 20% species diversity in your seed. This will reduce fungus pressure in the future. Black Beauty Ultra, Sun & Shade and Fall Magic are all excellent blends to get you that beautiful lawn back for you.
Before you seed you need to remove excessive dead matter either by de-thatching or heavy raking. When you sow the seed make sure to en grain in into the soil. Seed sitting on the surface will be more likely to dry out and go sterile. Also sitting on the surface, the seed becomes as much bird food as grass seed. When getting the seed into the soil, be careful not to “bury” the seed. Seed should not be more than 1/2 inch below the surface.
Fertilize your seed with a proper new seeding fertilizer. It is advantageous and legal to use phosphorus when you fertilize. Jonathan Green’s New Seeding Fertilizer fits the bill.
Winter Survival fertilizer is also a good fall fertilizer for seeding. The humates in it will stimulate the microbes to free up the phosphorus tied up in the soil.
If not seeding, Winter Survival is the best fertilizer to put down for the fall/winter. It is the proper formulation to take advantage of the cooling temperatures. Do not use a “fall” fertilizer with a high Nitrogen number. You will increase the chance on having a snow mold problem next spring.
A pH adjustment with Mag-I-Cal would be advantageous in the fall. The Calcium is good for cell wall structure and for the microbial life in the soil and raising the pH will help the lawn use the fertilizer.
Beware; you are not yet safe from grubs. The eggs are late in hatching this year. If you see unusual bird activity or, animal digging damage, inspect for grubs. The only material that will effectively control grubs at this time of year is Dylox. Consult your local garden center or hardware store for a recommendation.
Boost your lawns health and appearance this fall with Jonathan Green!