Ahhh....The Smell of Fresh Cut Grass in the Morning!

It’s October, and the lawn is looking fantastic. The neighbors are impressed, flashing the big thumbs up as they drive by. Standing on the driveway feeling a great sense of satisfaction in all the hard work and attention to detail from your diamond pattern cut and your edges trimmed to perfection. Turning that yard from drought-ravaged clay hard pan into this thick lush and green paradise of turf will make any homeowner swell with pride. It’s a glorious feeling when you look forward to mowing your lawn. But, this is October, how do we keep it looking like Augusta National in July?

Pay attention to the details and prepare your lawn for next year’s unpredictable season. The best lawns in spring are overseeded and fertilized in the fall. Don’t forget to follow all the steps to Uncle’s Idiot Proof Program. It’s easy to forget, the lawn looks great after overseeding, with that booster application of Renovator or Golf Course Starter fertilizer, and you lose track of time and forget that 2nd application four weeks later. If you have the program and you still have bags of Renovator or Golf Course Starter sitting on your garage floor in mid October, get that 2nd fall application of fertilizer on to the lawn. Snowman, winter root builder, goes down at Thanksgiving.

Work those spots. Now is the time to get out and walk the lawn looking for bare spots. Bare spots that may have been overlooked or the seed was washed away. Use Macho Mix or Estate Mix, both have perennial sports rye that will germinate quick in cooler soils and establish quickly avoiding any winter damage. Use PrimeraFC or sphagnum peat moss over the top of the seed and keep it moist. Remember, “No bare spots will mean no spring weeds next spring.”

October and November are an excellent time to control broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clover, and chickweed. In fall, broadleaf perennial weeds are busy collecting energy from photosynthesis and storing it in the crown and roots. Speedzone and Trimec contains systemic herbicides that will move through the leaf tissue and in to the crown and roots for a complete kill. Killing broadleaf weeds in fall will allow turf to grow and fill in bare spots this fall before crabgrass or other weeds germinate next spring.