Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A few months ago I gave words of encouragement, that even after a harsh summer many lawns will come back in the fall. Did yours? If it did, you have a well established Jonathan Green lawn with quality grasses.
If your lawn needed summer repair you should re-seed with Jonathan Green Fall Magic and apply Winter Survival Fall Fertilizer. In late fall you can apply grass seed successfully but, based on the temperatures, you need to have realistic expectations concerning the extent of new seedlings filling in bare or thin areas. Late fall plantings are not killed by cold temperatures but, rather desiccation. Take special care to not allow plants to dry out. The freezing and thawing of soils heaves poorly rooted grass plants out of the ground, which will then dry and die. Keeping grass plants watered will help to maximize root growth before freezing weather arrives.
It still is a good idea to fertilize again with a Jonathan Green Winter Survival Fall Fertilizer to further develop and strengthen root systems. Jonathan Green fertilizer will help grass plants continue to mature and will help the turf thicken during cold months. The fertilizer nutrients are picked up by the plant, stored in the roots and used throughout the winter.
If you have many years of compaction built up in your soil, there still is chance to rent an aerating machine. Be sure to mark out your irrigation heads to avoid damaging them. Core aerating prior to seeding is a great way to help new seedlings perform their best. Coring, not spiking, removes soil plugs from the ground, depositing them on the grass surface. These plugs act as free top dressing for the turf, as well as create a place for the newly emerged seedlings to take root. Additionally, aeration allows for better air and water flow into the soil. As these aeration holes close up, the soil loosens around the core holes, creating avenues for the flow of air, water and nutrients to the root systems. Lastly, a looser soil is an easier location for seedlings to grow, as well as existing roots and plants to expand and grow thicker.
If you have some problems with drainage or clay soils, applications of gypsum can help to correct this situation. Gypsum has the ability to loosen up the bonds between soil particles improving water penetration and air flow. In severe situations, you may need to apply gypsum over two to three seasons. Apply gypsum after you core aerate.
Another way to keep your lawn looking green later into the fall season is to plant varieties that are naturally darker green in color like Jonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra Mixture. This variety looks better and performs, in the long term, better than older varieties, it even requires less fertilizer to look good.
It seems these days that many companies are cheapening their products so choose a quality Jonathan Green grass seed mixture. Remember, the lawn you are left with can only be as good as the grass seed you sowed!
Fall is also a great time to apply MAG-I-CAL calcium nutrient fertilizer or other calcium based products to raise soil pH values. The soil’s freezing and thawing helps to work these applications into the soil so your lawn is in better shape next spring.
Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. The weekly cutting requirements will slow down to perhaps every 10-14 days into the late fall. Natural rainfall and dew will also greatly reduce the need for irrigation. Remember to have your irrigation turned off, if you have not already done so. Remove leaves from the lawn area to continue grass plant growth and to avoid matting and killing of the grass. Following these basic guidelines will help your lawn survive whatever curveballs Mother Nature throws at us next summer.
Until next time, remember, it’s not how much; it’s what you spread on your lawn!Back