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.
The area experienced record-setting rainfall in May and an extraordinarily wet June. During that time, fungus—which thrives in wet, cool weather—was masked by the equally thriving turf.
But with an exceptionally dry spell over the past five or six weeks, stress from drought has descended and the prevalent underlying damage is now plainly apparent.
At this point, the centerpiece of your game plan should be a seeding project between mid-August and Labor Day weekend. A 21-day growth period from germination to full growth is normal, after which you can mow for the first time.
Soil endures significant environmental stresses: periods of heavy rain, punctuated by prolonged dry spells, among other fluctuations that generate plenty of energy within the turf. One of the effects is a rising risk of fungal diseases descending on your lawn.
To combat that threat, between now and Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to begin your seeding project. Note: a 21-day growth period from germination to full growth is normal, after which you can mow for the first time.
We have experienced some major environmental stresses on soil this season: heavy rains during spring and early summer, then