(GRASS SEED & THE FALL)
Question: Can I still seed?
Answer: Absolutely, 100%, most indubitably, with no doubt, yes!!!!!!
Question: It is getting a little chilly out. Are you sure?
Answer: Absolutely, 100%, most indubitably, with no doubt, yes!!!! That is a good question though. It does feel a bit chillier out. I have been bundling up a bit more at night but grass likes the chill much more than I do. The warm daytime temperatures we have been experiencing this fall combined with the cooler nights make for perfect grass growing weather.
Question: Do I have to do anything different this time of the year than if I were seeding in the spring?
Answer: Not really. Seeding procedures are basically the same, however, you do get a teeny tiny break with watering. I say this with hesitation because if I give you an inch, I do not want you to take a mile. Meaning, if I tell you that you get to water a little less in the cooler fall, I am afraid you will not water at all! Moisture is still key to germination folks. Seed, whether it is hot or cool, still needs water to grow. Be sure that the seed feels damp daily. Remember, no puddles!
Question: If I seed, what kind of fertilizer do I put down? Do I still put down the Fall Lawn food?
Answer: I would prefer that you put down a Lawn Starter for a fertilizer with your new grass seed. But guess what folks?! I still want you to put down your Fall Lawn Food, just a little bit later. It is better to put Fall Lawn Food down after the last mow of the season. In other words, put your new grass seed with Starter Fertilizer, and in about a month, apply the Fall Lawn Food. This is the ultimate program for your new and existing lawn.
Question: What about Lime? People always mention Lime in the fall. Do I need it if I seed? Can I put it down with grass seed?
Answer: Lime, ah sweet lime. Yes, Lime this time of the year is great. Lime is slow to change the pH of your soil, so if you apply it in the fall, it will work its magic all winter and make for a better lawn next spring. You absolutely can put Lime down with a new grass seed. It will not hurt it at all or you can wait and put Lime down at the same time as your Fall Lawn Food, after the last mow of the season.
Question: What if it gets really cold and my new grass seed does not finish growing?
Answer: Have no fear, your grass will continue its growth in the spring as soil temperatures warm up.
Question: So are you telling me that my fall projects are not over yet for the year?
Answer: Absolutely, 100%, most indubitably, with no doubt, yes!!!!
Come see us at Van Wilgen’s. We would love to help!
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(Be proactive. Get ready for the thaw.)
Don’t worry. I promise no snow monsters are going to jump out of the snow and grab you, no icy pit is going to pull you in, and no frozen furball is going to nip at your ankles. I know that sometimes when it is cold and snowy it can feel like this. “No worries, spring is on its way!”
To help conquer our fears of what lurks beneath the snow, let’s get prepared. Being proactive can greatly reduce winter stress and make the transition into spring a lot easier.
Here is what we may anticipate once the snow melts…
You may see unexplainable squiggly lines all over your lawn that look like a drunken bike rider went joyriding all over your back yard. This culprit is no inebriated biker but it could be a bunch of annoying voles playing chase under the snow. Here is what you must do, immediately! As soon as the snow melts, apply a vole repellent right away. We definitely do not want these heavy breeders taking hold and eating the roots of your garden plants.
Once the snow melts you may also notice these alien-like, irregular circles forming on your lawn. The circles may be grayish or have a pink hue. This is Gray or Pink Snow Mold. Ew! Not a pretty sight but it won’t do tons of harm if you are proactive. Arm yourself with a rake, Lime, and maybe a good fungicide. Get out there and rake up those alien circles. This will help stop the spread. Apply Lime because this will help keep this pesky fungus at bay. If all else fails, it may be wise to put down a fungicide.
Believe it or not, cool-season weeds will pop their heads right up once the snow disappears. Be ready for them. Arm yourself with a good weed control that works in cool temperatures. This is key to a low weed count lawn.
In addition to funky trails, weird-looking patches, and cool-season weeds, you may see some bare patches. Some grass probably just could not make it through the winter. Maybe it died off from too much snow plow salt. Maybe it rotted under the snow or could not recover from the summer drought. Whatever the reason, now is the time to be proactive. Throw some grass seed down with a little gypsum, starter fertilizer, and hay. Watch those bare patches fill in quickly and establish themselves before the summer heat sets in.
Don’t get nervous this winter, get ready. Get ready with the tools you need to be proactive and ready for what lurks below, once the snow melts.
1. I Must Garden Mole & Vole Repellent, Vole Scram, or Messina’s Mole & Vole Repellent
2. Encap’s Fast Acting Lime or Soil Doctor’s Pelletized Lime
3. Infuse Fungicide
4. Weed Beater Ultra (for cool-season weed control)
5. NEW!!! WEED BEATER ULTRA FE(new, natural way to attack weeds)
6. Van Wilgen’s Grass Seed
7. Encap’s Fast Acting Gypsum
8. Greenview’s Starter Fertilizer or Espoma’s Organic Starter Fertilizer
9. Mainely Mulch Chopped Straw & Hay
Come see us at VanWilgen’s. We would love to help!