A series of observations and hints on
keeping your lawn looking its best.

Fall is the very best time to do fertilizing and any seeding; it also is an excellent time to control many weeds.

It’s much better to seed when going into cooler temperatures than in the spring. In the fall, the soil is warmer than springtime when soil is still cool from winter. Oftentimes, new seed can be seen emerging within 10 days after seeding in the fall.

Weed control is excellent for fall when many of the broadleaf weeds germinate. This reduces the amount of weeds found in the lawn come spring.

Fertilizing in the fall promotes root growth and development plus builds carbohydrate reserves for stress periods the following season.

Grub are very prevalent this year and have been causing a lot of damage to the lawns this fall. There are about six to eight varieties of beetles that lay their eggs every year in turf areas. Late summer and early fall is the time when the new generation begins. Detection of grubs is fairly easy--look for dry or “browning” areas of grass comes up easily, chances are good that grubs are present.

It’s important to stop grub damage by applying a proper insecticide. For the treatment to be effective, it will need 1/2 to 3/4 inch of rainfall or water equivalent within 10 days.

If not treated, grubs will burrow further underground only to emerge next spring to feed on your turf again. Then in the summer, it matures to a beetle to begin the cycle once again.

For those who use milky spore, this insecticide controls only japanese beetles. As stated above, there are many different varieties of beetles that can also create damage to turf areas.


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