FALL FERTILIZATION AND OTHER LIFE CHANGING TURF GRASS ITEMS…
I need to give a shout out to Peter in Fenton who bought a “Mole Eliminator” step on mole trap last week. He boosted about catching 3 moles in 3 days. They are the best mole trap on the market (metal ones, NOT plastic like at the big box stores!). Happy hunting Peter and all those with moles!
Here is an action plan for October…
Warm Season Grasses;
*Try NOT to mow under 2 ½ inches. Let your zoysia get leggy going into winter.
*No more fertilizer except high Potash (K) fertilizers.
*Apply gypsum (50#/1000 ft. sq.) along your edges to help prevent salt damage this winter.
*Carefully apply herbicides if needed. Read the label and use common sense
*Don’t water or aerate unless it’s part of a 50/50 yard.
*Try to keep leaves from accumulating for more then 3-4 days.
Cool Season Grasses:
*Still a good time to seed. Expectations might be lower, but get it done!
*Continue with fall fertilizer schedule. A pound of nitrogen or 10# of Milorganite per 1000 ft. sq is what we suggest.
*Keep the leaves off your new seedlings every 3-4 days! A blower is best!
*Spot spray weeds as your new grass matures. Usually, you can spray weeds 4-6 weeks after seeding or 3 weeks after laying sod.
*Not too late aerate. It really is never too late. Best way to introduce organic matter and help improve the soil…which helps with deep roots!
*Keep the top 1” moist into late October.
*Keep mowing at 3”-3.5” for the rest of the month. We’ll lower it towards the end of the month or next month depending on the weather???
My family and I had a great dinner with my dad on his 87th birthday last week. My friend George has a picture frame on his desk that reads…”Great dads get promoted to Grandpa”. I’m sure glad my daughter got to share that moment with us…but at the same time, I’m not in a hurry to be grandpa yet! Let’s all remember… it’s just grass folks.
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