SUMMER IS THE MOST STRESSFUL SEASON OF THE YEAR FOR LAWNS – EXCEPT FOR OUR LAWN WEEDS
Here we are in mid-August. August is an important month in lawn care preparation. September will be here soon. But, we need to use this month to get our lawns in the best position possible before we think of seeding and fertilizing in September.
Have A Plan To Deal With Weeds
Weeding is a never-ending chore. Weeds can grow quickly. It is very important to identify the weed or weeds that you are wanting to control. Some of the more common noxious weeds that we deal with here in Central Virginia are crabgrass, dandelion, nutsedge, poa anna, lespedeza, bittercress, henbit, chickweed, wild violets, spotted spurge, wild onions. As you can see from this shortlist of weeds we have you can see why it is important to understand the life cycle and growth habit of the weed. Having this knowledge will help you determine how to manage it. In our area, the obnoxious weeds in our lawn can be annual, biennial, or perennial. Annual weeds, such as crabgrass, have a life cycle of one year and usually reproduce only by seeds. Biennial weeds live more than one year and less than two years. Perennial weeds, such as Henbit, come back year after year.
Too many homeowners think that everything can be done at the same time—seed, fertilizer, and a weed killer. But, as I have learned over the years you can NOT use any weed-killing herbicide products when seeding and fertilizing because the weed killer will keep the new grass seed from ever germinating.
Prevent Weeds By Keeping Your Lawn Healthy
Keep in mind that having a thick, healthy turf can go a long way with weed control. Weeds tend to grow in bare, spotted areas of the lawn where they have space to grow. A thick, lush turf goes a long way in keeping our weed problem in check.
A part of keeping a lush lawn this time of year is to mow high and keep our turf watered during hot dry periods. Mowing high lets the blades of grass shade the soil and keep the soil cooler which allows roots to remain happy.
Now is a good time to do a SOIL TEST. A soil test will tell you everything about your soil—what it needs to correct in order to establish and maintain a healthy lawn. I can’t stress enough the importance of a soil test. We sell soil test kits here. Come see us for one. Once you put the kit into the mail you should have the results in 7 to 10 days. A pretty quick turnaround.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Next month on Saturday, September 18, as part of our FALL GARDENER’S FAIR, we are conducting a free seminar on lawn care. Our special guests will be Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Cooperative Extension Turfgrass Specialist and we will have Mr. Kip Connelly, President of Prescription Soil & Plant Nutrient Management. The three of us will conduct a great educational opportunity for you on lawn care. This is an event you will not want to miss. Bring a quart-size bag of soil with you and we will help you with the SOIL TEST KIT!! Bring your lawnmower blades as well. One of our special guests will be SHARP AGAIN and they will be here sharpening tools, knives, scissors, mower blades, and more!
Here’s a pro tip: drop off your tools with SHARP AGAIN to be sharpened while you are attending the lawn seminar—a win-win situation!