Fall Turf Recommendations
IT’S TIME TO GROW GRASS!
It looks like the high heat of the summer has passed, there has been some good rainfall over the last week, and it’s time to make plans to repair the damage to our lawns caused by the record breaking drought and heat of this past summer. It has been a challenging year for turf management, to say the least. The unseasonably warm temperatures in March started the early spring growth two to three weeks early despite drought conditions caused by almost no precipitation for three months. The early root damage caused by these conditions, followed by rapid spring growth, was probably one of the causes of the excessive amount of turf disease cases that we’ve seen this year. Follow this with the extreme heat and drought of June and July and we are seeing large amounts of turf damage everywhere!
So what do we do? We have to fill in the bare areas with desirable turfgrass as well as alleviate soil compaction at the root zone area. The large quantities of mid-summer germinating turf weeds need to be killed off as well so the new grass seedlings can establish and grow with minimal competition. Fall broadleaf weed control, core aeration, and overseeding are all a part of a complete lawn care program in our region and, after the last seven months, these services are more important than ever. If your lawn has a lot of bare and thin areas, if the soil looks rocky or had a reddish or orange tint to the soil, or if your lawn just seems to look stressed all the time, you may want to consider turf renovation. This incorporates the introduction of new organic-reinforced soils as a top dressing in conjunction with core aeration, overseeding, and fertilization. If you live in a home built in the last ten years, you should consider turf renovation as well. This process does not have to done regularly. Once the new soil is in place, your lawn will rapidly develop a strong and healthy root system.
Remember, a thick healthy turf is the best way to control weeds and to reduce your overall costs in the long term. Maintain a solid turf care program every year and you will see your lawn grow and thrive.