LAWN FALL TUNE-UP
Fall is a good time to repair lawns that are stressed from heat, damaged by insects or fungal diseases. First, rake out the burned and damaged grass patches to loosen the soil. Then plant the grass seed and top dress with a combination of Dr. Earth Super Natural Fertilizer and Garden Magic Top Soil. Remember to choose the right mixture grass seed for either shade, sun and shade, or full sun. Pesche’s Garden Center stocks different varieties of grass blends from Jonathan Green. Keep soil moist, watering daily for at least 14 days after seeding.
Fall is also a great time to core aerate your lawn, especially if your soil contains compacted clay. After coring, you can over seed your lawn and apply fertilizer. Pesche’s carries a wide variety of organic and inorganic lawn fertilizers. Organic fertilizer from Dr. Earth and Jonathan Green contains beneficial microbes. These living organisms help to absorb nutrients from the soil and digest the organic lawn food. Chemical fall fertilizers from Greenview and Jonathan Green Winter Survival promote root growth and prepare your lawn for winter hardiness. You have to remember that synthetic fertilizers need to be applied 4 to 6 weeks after seeding or sodding.
Fall is also good time to control weeds in lawn. Bayer Natria Lawn Weed Control offers a selective lawn Weed Killer for spot spraying derived from iron which occurs in nature. Effective on dandelions, clover moss and several other common weeds. If in your lawn grow tough perennial weeds like Creeping Charlie use Bonide Weed Beater Ultra which kills over 200 broad-leaf weeds and proven cool weather performance. One great feature of this product is you can re-seed your lawn in 2 weeks after use. An organic material to control weeds is Jonathan Green Organic Corn Gluten Meal, which inhibits the tap roots on immature weeds. Many of them, including dandelions, germinate and establish root system in the fall. This is a pre-emergence which will not control established weeds germinated before application. Do not seed grass for 60-90 days after applying Corn Gluten Meal. Another product is Bonide Maize Weed Preventer which also contains liquid Corn Gluten Meal and is available in a Ready-to-Spray hose applicator. Works on grassy and broadleaf weeds. Won’t harm desirable plants. Use in and around lawn, flowers, trees, shrubs, ornamentals and even vegetable gardens. It’s the natural way to PREVENT weeds.