Remember when you were young and the summer seemed to last so long? Now, many of you may be thinking, “back to school”, but you cannot forget to address your lawn this month, especially if you ignored it all summer long! America, your lawn is part of your outdoor living space; this fine carpet needs to be taken care of. If your lawn is not a fine carpet… seed and feed it.
As usual, the spring weather patterns were very sporadic, being cold and then wet for many weeks. Maybe you missed some opportunities to fertilize, sow grass seed or apply weed controls. Perhaps you took the summer off to enjoy the beach or vacation, while June provided some pretty nice weather, July and August where very hot & dry, tough months on your lawn. Did you have some construction going on, a new pool, trees removed, some drainage areas repaired, or an irrigation system installed? Grab your second chance to make your lawn fabulous this fall.
Fall is the absolutely best time of the year to apply grass seed to your lawn. The weather patterns improve in favor of grass growth, cooler days and nights and rainfall patterns tend to be more consistent. What about soil temperatures, remember when spring seeding sometime take forever to germinate? That’s because the soil is too cold, but by early fall the soil temperatures are great, like swimming in the ocean. I’d rather swim in September not April, the water is warmer. Warm soils allow for better germination and newly planted grass seed can flourish for months if seeded in early fall.
Why wait until October to apply grass seed? If you are seeding, use our genetically superior grass seed for best results. Use Green-Up for Seeding and Sodding after proper soil preparation for best results. Your lawn can thicken and develop with newly planted grass seed late into the fall based on how soon temperatures drop. The first frost in October does not mean you cannot have success seeding, but going back to my prior suggestion, if seeding, apply your grass seed in September. Lawns can sometimes grow vigorously up until Christmas if fertilized twice in the fall before they shut down for their long, winter nap.
If you are not applying grass seed to your lawn this fall, your lawn will still benefit greatly with Winter Survival. Have you ever fertilized your lawn twice during fall months? Apply in September and again near Halloween. These two feeding will thicken your lawn and help roots to develop to survive the harsh winter.
Broadleaf weeds can also be controlled effectively in early fall. Weeds are still actively growing in the fall and the lawn is not under so much heat and drought stress like summer months. Even though the dreaded dandelion flowers are not so prevalent, the familiar dandelion spiked leaves are often visible and weed controls can be used such as Lawn Weed Control.
Remember, do not mow for 2 days before or after application, apply product to a damp lawn and do not water or expect rainfall for 2 days after application. If you are planning on applying any grass seed this fall, you should sow the seed first, let it get mowed for 2-3 times and then apply Lawn Weed Control. If you apply Lawn Weed Control in early fall, you can apply grass seed 3-4 weeks after.
If rainfall is less than expected, the lawn likes to have about one inch or water per week. Do not hesitate to irrigate if necessary, but do not over-water your lawn. A deeply rooted, healthy growing lawn can better survive winter weather and hold up better if we experience a hot, dry summer next year. Now is the time to grow a great lawn!