Mendham Garden Center
Route 24, Mendham, NJ

Improve Your Lawn This Fall

By, the Old Guy with the Ponytail

Fall is the time to repair and improve your lawn. Throughout the summer, dry weather and heat coupled with the potential for disease, insect and weed competition take a toll on turf quality. Cooling fall weather trends along with the potential for rain make early fall the best time of year for lawn repair or renovation. Changing fall weather trends stimulate lateral growth and root development for both established and newly seeded turf areas. Optimum soil conditions such as adequate oxygen, moisture and nutrient availability are critical for the support fall turf development. The following is a list of beneficial fall lawn practices to insure turf development:

  1. Remove existing weed populations if populations warrant treatment
    • Treat lawn 2 to 3 weeks prior to seeding based on weed control product label recommendations
  2. Test soil to determine nutrient levels and soil pH
  3. Core aerate to relieve compaction and increase air, water and nutrient availability
    • Aggressive aeration would be considered holes on 2” centers, 2” to 3” depth
  4. Lime and fertilize based on soil test recommendations
  5. Apply a cool season turf seed blend or mixture
    • Core aerate and slice seed if existing turf density is 50% or less
    • Drag your lawn with mat after seeding to pulverize the soil cores and improve soil/seed contact

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