New Turf in Late Fall

After the scourges of summer, many of us replanted or renovated the turf around homes and throughout the landscape.  As the winter sets in, there are a few steps to take to increase the odds of survival and regrowth next spring.   Perhaps the most important “to do” is to keep the soil moist…not soggy…

Late Fall Fertilizer Timing

For the past 5 years or so, our recommendation has been to lightly fertilize turfgrass stands in the Halloween timeframe to bolster root growth heading into winter.  That recommendation still stands, however, due to recent extended periods of cool, wet weather, we’re encouraging that an adjustment be made for this year. Instead of strict adherence…

Lawn To Do Late September

What’s there to do in late September in the lawn?  Plenty.  First, keep mowing.  There’s a natural human tendency to slack off or give up being a tender of the landscape in mid fall; fight it.  Continuing to mow will encourage expansion of turf grass plants, fill in voids and chew up falling tree leaves. …

Lake Friendly Lawn Care

Preamble:  “Lake Friendly” lawn care is very similar to “regular” common sense lawn care.  The difference is two-fold – 1. The presence of an obvious target, and 2. Heightened sensitivity of the owners of the site. That said, the practices that will prevent pollution are: Encourage infiltration, not runoff. Seven ways: -soil modification -core aeration…

Fertilizer in Fall

Is your lawn hungry?  After a long summer of bugs and fungus, it could be.  September is an ideal time to feed turfs, because the cool nights and warm days favor its growth and development.  Because bluegrasses naturally send out more rhizomes in fall than in summer, lawn recovery is enhanced with fall fertilization. Apply…

Late Summer in the Landscape

Late summer/early fall brings us a host of “to-do’s and not to-do’s” in the landscape.  First, a couple of not to dos: *Avoid fertilization of trees, shrubs and perennial flowers.  Fertilization at this time tends to promote new growth, which would likely be injured by upcoming fall frosts. *Don’t water with the same frequency and…

Weeds in Late Summer

By now, it’s possible that your lawn is overrun with weeds of all types….warm season annuals, warm season perennials, cool season broadleaves and of course, that “doesn’t fit into any group” weed known as yellow nutsedge.  What should be done?  Let’s run down a reasonable approach to each.   Warm Season Annuals Plants such as…

Dead Spots in the Lawn?

Does your lawn look like a Dalmatian?  Spots of dead and live turf here and there?  More here than there?  If so, here are some possible causes at this time of year:   *Summer Patch – this fungus disease infects turfgrass in late April, then grows inside the crown and roots of the plant, later…

Turf Care Under the Hot Sun – Part 2

My GROBigRed post in the first week of June introduced the concept of caring for turf under hot, sunny conditions, and focused on efficient irrigation practices.   Here’s an excerpt to set the stage for this week’s post – “In summer, in Nebraska, it’s hot.  So hot that caring for turf requires a full set…

Turf Care Under the Hot Sun – Part 1

In summer, in Nebraska, it’s hot.  So hot that caring for turf requires a full set of strategies…in fact 4 pieces or parts.  And, like McNuggets, they’re fused together for success. Part 1 – Efficient Irrigation Part 2 – Appropriate Fertilization Part 3 – Mowing Considerations Part 4 – Miscellaneous Factors   Efficient irrigation begins…