Though Fall is still six weeks away, now is the time to begin preparing for the season and its impact on your landscape. With that in mind, pin these four priorities to your to-do list.
- Core Aeration – reduces soil compaction and allows for improved gas exchange between the soil and the atmosphere. This will result in healthier root systems for the turf.
- Seeding – the prime window to start your seeding project is between August 15th and September 20th. Warm days, cooler nights, and less pressure from weed species is a recipe for healthy, sustained growth of new grass seed.
- Mulching – applying mulch in the fall will not only give your landscape a manicured appearance, but it will also insulate those roots of all your landscape plantings during the winter months.
- Planting – You can plant late into the fall. Because plants are using energy for root growth and storage before the next season, planting in the fall is an excellent time to establish healthy roots before spring.
The McAdam Nursery & Garden Center is your source to meet a variety of needs, including those noted above. The center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and online at http://www.mcadamgardencenter.com/
This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the August 12, 2020 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.