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Five Things Your Can Do NOW for a Great Lawn Next Season

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Now is the time to pay it forward and help your lawn looks it best next season.  It’s officially fall, we’ve had our first snow and our lawns are preparing to go dormant.  This is the purr-fect time to act!

Here’s a short list of some steps you can take to send your lawn into winter primed and ready for a five-star performance next year!  And for the record:  my lawn got this T.L.C. just last week.  Within days, I saw a remarkable difference in its appearance.  No kidding!  I was amazed, and I think you will be too!

First, let’s throw out some old advice

Have you ever been told that when you mow your lawn for the last time of the season, you should cut the grass really short?  If you did get that advice, ignore it!  It’s wrong!  My lawnmower is set to leave the grass three-inches tall all season long.  Cut your lawn a lot shorter, and you risk exposing the base of the plants to excess drying from the sun.  The taller grass blades shade both the plants and the soil.

If your turf grass mix includes Kentucky blue, the lawn may keep growing well into October.  If it does, keep it trimmed and tidy, but don’t scalp it!

Core aeration: a great Rx for troubled lawns  

Colorado soils are routinely heavy and compacted.  A deep core aeration can be especially helpful in opening up those soils.  That allows water and air to penetrate, which plants love!

I aerate my lawn spring and fall, before the heat of summer sets in and after it subsides.  Water your lawn well so the aerator can pull out long, dense plugs.  Think of it as a way of letting your lawn’s roots breathe.  It just makes sense.

After aeration, fertilize!

The openings left by the core aeration set up excellent conditions to feed both your lawn and your soil.  More on the soil in a moment.

The lawn advisers at Dick’s Corner say the fall fertilization is the most important of the season.  The boost of nutrients beefs up your lawn’s stored energy as it goes dormant.  The lawn will pay you back by responding with vigor next spring.

Tagawa Gardens highly recommends Richlawn Pro-Rich fertilizer for the fall feeding.  Pro-Rich is made in Colorado specifically to meet the needs of our climate and our soils.

While you’re at it….

Before you put the fertilizer spreader away, there’s another quick chore on this fall lawn care “to do” list.

We know that plants are living things, but soil is alive, too, or should be.  One way to feed your soil is to add humic acid, sold at Tagawa’s as “HuMic.”  It can do wonders to help free up nutrients in the soil and make them more available to the plants… more “digestible,” if you will.  HuMic is easy to apply with a fertilizer spreader.  The garden advisers at Dick’s Corner are big fans of HuMic, for lawns and all garden beds.

And some special help for troubled areas in your lawn…

Most of us have areas in our lawn that struggle.  I certainly do.  A quarter-inch layer of topdressing is a great way to help those trouble spots.  EKO Lawn Topdressing is a finely-milled compost.  Scatter it loosely by hand (it’s too heavy to apply with a spreader), and then gently rake it into the open aeration holes.  It will help compacted soil stay open and welcoming for the grass plants’ roots, and that’s a big deal!

Last but not least: repairs where needed

With the openings from the aeration holes in place and the heat of summer gone, why not sod or over-seed any bare patches in your lawn now?

Tagawa’s carries a wide selection of grass seed in bulk.  Our Garden Advisers at Dick’s Corner will gladly help you choose which variety of seed is best for your lawn.

The grass seed will need to be kept consistently moist until it sprouts, but fall is an excellent time to help new grass plants take hold while the soil is still warm.

Remember, if you have any questions about your lawn, or other issues in your landscape, take pictures on your smart phone and bring them into to Dick’s Corner.  Our Garden Advisers will gladly help you make your yard the best it can be!

 

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Luan Akin
About 
Luan Akin
Tagawa Gardens Outreach Ambassador

After 30 years as a news reporter for KCNC TV in Denver, Luan Akin was ready for a change. In 2008, she came to Tagawa Gardens and offered to create a brand new position: Garden Outreach Ambassador.

Luan had trained and volunteered as a Douglas County Master Gardener for ten years. In addition to her duties as a news reporter, working primarily out of the Channel 4 News helicopter, Luan also produced and presented a long-running series of stories called “Gardening Together.”

All these years later, Luan now works year ‘round, presenting a variety of gardening and nature-related topics to hundreds of children, HOA’s, gardening clubs, church groups, small businesses and other organizations.

She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper and a proud mom to four dogs who have trained her well.

2 Comments

  1. S. Frazier

    October 21, 2017 - 10:08 pm
    Reply

    Thanks for the article. What about pet safety? Our dogs will eat anything! Will they be attracted to these products? How long would dogs need to be kept away from these products after application?

    • Luan Akin

      Luan Akin

      November 25, 2017 - 3:05 pm
      Reply

      Hello! None of the products mentioned in this blog post any problem for pets. Richlawn products use chicken manure, so I make a point to water it in before I turn my doggies out. Otherwise, they absolutely love to roll around on the newly-fertilized grass. No harm done, but they may be fragrant for a day or two… Thanks for following the blog!

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