Fall Lawn Care
With the end of September coming quickly, now is the time to get a lot of work done on your lawn!
Fall is the time to seed a new lawn - if you have not done it yet, get it done soon! Late August into September is the best time to start a new lawn from seed.
Fall is the time to fertilize your lawn - Once in the spring and twice in the fall is the best schedule for lawn fertilization. Apply 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet in both September and early November.
Fall is the time to apply broad leaf herbicides - apply these herbicides between September and November. In the process of pulling carbohydrates down into their root systems as they go dormant for the season, they will take the herbicide with them resulting in better weed control
Fall is the time for core aerification - Removing small plugs through core aerification can help with compaction, thatch buildup and create a healthy lawn. Act fast - this should be done in September!
Fall is the time to remove leaves - Mowing in the leaves keeps the organic matter in the lawn and prevents the fallen leaves from forming a mat that will smother the turf grass. Plus its a lot easier than raking and bagging! Be sure they are ground up enough to fall in between the blades of grass.
Fall Rebloom of Spring Plants
This is not a #latergram! These hosta in Aaron's garden are blooming right now! Plants that experience heat and drought stress during summer are occasionally "tricked" into reblooming in the fall. It should not negatively impact flowering next year.
Sweet Potato Harvest
A caller asked about harvesting sweet potatoes in Iowa. Here is some great information from Iowa State University to help growing sweet potatoes, including information on harvesting and curing.