Season 2 • Episode 18 - September 25, 2023
We have been telling you fall is the
time for planting, and we aren’t just talking about fall
perennials, we’re also talking about your lawn. Tom from
joined us to talk not just about fall lawn care, but
also how to deal with other fall problems in your lawn
and garden. If you are thinking about planting a new
lawn or overseeding to fill a few bare spots, now is the
time to get that grass seed down. Right now, the ground
is retaining all that heat from summer so the grass seed
will grow better. In the spring the air may be warm, but
the soil remains cold so germination is a lot slower.
The first thing you need to do is to get rid of any moss
and weeds that you may have in your lawn. Tom had a
couple products to help you get rid of your old turf.
Captain Jack’s Deadweed Brew is a natural product that
can eliminate your turf naturally, or you can try the
synthetic product ‘Kleen Up’ to do the same thing.
Remember to read and follow all label directions for the
best coverage and effectiveness.
Next, you should mow your lawn to its shortest height
without doing too much damage and then you can thatch,
level and aerate your lawn. This will remove the dead
thatch and moss, and allow for greater contact with the
soil for your new seed. Then you can apply a garden lime
to ‘sweeten’ the soil. Our native soils tend to be a
little acidic. Finally you apply your new seed. Be sure
to pick a seed that will work for your conditions.
Consider how much light your lawn will get and then pick
the appropriate sun or shade mixture. Once your seed is
down, cover it with a light layer of top soil and then
keep it moist, but not soaking wet. This will allow the
seed to germinate and grow. If your seed starts to grow
and it dries out, you may have to apply more seed since
the younger plants may have died.
Another autumn chore: Fertilizing! To keep your lawn
healthy in the winter and give it a boost for the
spring, now is the time to apply a good fall and winter
fertilizer. The numbers on the bag can be confusing, but
what you are looking for is a well-balanced slow-release
fertilizer. Your lawn is slowly fed all through the
winter and then gets a jump start when the temperatures
warm up in the spring. Keeping your lawn well maintained
in the winter helps to prevent problems later.
Fall is also the time to think about and look for pests
and diseases in your lawn. This fall we have seen a lot
of grub activity. If you have a brown patch it could be
that there are grubs eating away at the roots of your
lawn. Another sign is patches of turf being torn up in
your yard. This is usually a sign of other animals like
raccoons, skunks and even crows digging up your lawn to
look for those grubs to eat. Bonide has a product called
‘Grub Beater’ that you can apply to your lawn to reduce
and eliminate those little guys. If you had a problem
this year you can look at applying it now or in the
spring to cover you through the new growing season. If
you are seeing other problems with your lawn like rust,
it could be a sign of a disease problem. For that you
can apply ‘Infuse’, a systemic disease control product.
This will help to control pesky diseases in your lawn
AND your landscape. This product also works the best in
the spring or early summer.
If you are having problems with some of our larger lawn
pests you may want to apply ‘Mole Max’. Moles and voles
are looking for those grubs, too, and while they are
looking for dinner, they can leave a torn up lawn in
their wake. Mole Max is another natural product that
drives these critters away from your garden and lawn
without killing them. Another natural Bonide product for
deterring your garden pests, like rabbits, skunks, deer
and squirrels, is Repels-All. This is an irritant that
makes your garden an unwelcome place for these foragers.
It comes in spray and a granular applications.
If you would like to learn more about Bonide products or
need help identifying a garden problem and finding
solutions, check out their website for lots of helpful
tips, retail locations and other great information.
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