September good time to start fall lawn care

August 29, 2018

NORFOLK - It’s just about that time of the year when you should start to think about fall lawn care.

Extension Educator for Burt County John Wilson says September can be the most important month to get your bluegrass and tall fescue lawns back in good condition after the stressful summer months.

Wilson says although this year wasn’t as bad as many, there are some lawns with brown patches from disease problems this summer.

“Some of those will fill in as temperatures cool in September, but if they don’t, rake up as much dead plant material as you can, then overseed thin areas by mid-September to give new grass a chance to germinate and get established this fall” Wilson said.

He says if you haven’t fertilized yet this fall, apply about 3/4 to a pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet of turf now, and apply a similar amount toward the end of October.

Wilson says also if you don’t get timely rains, you need to remember to water your lawn well later this fall, but before the ground freezes.

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