Fall Challenges

TURF

Hopefully you have already overseeded your fescue lawn and it has germinated.  Do not apply a post emergence weed control on newly seeded lawns until you have mowed at least 3 times.  Unfortunately this is a great time for weed seeds to germinate as well.  Following manufacturer’s labeling instructions, apply a post-emergent herbicide on broad leaf weeds like clover and chick weed.  If it has been 6-8 weeks since you overseeded, it is now time to feed your lawn again for the winter, apply a winterizer like 34-3-11 that will strengthen your turf through the winter and continue to green up the new and existing foliage.  As always, please follow the label instructions.  We offer Full Service Maintenance packages contact us for details at info@barringerlandscape.com

LEAVES

Do your best to keep leaves off your newly seeded lawn.  Heavy accumulation will limit light, air and water stifling growth.  This task is easier said than done.  An investment in a leaf  blower would be a wise one.  Do not blow too hard though, the new seedlings are shallow rooted.

PERENNIALS

If you haven’t already done so, cut back your spent perennials like sedum and daylily.  Once this is done, mulch them in for the winter.

ANNUALS

You should have already pulled your summer annuals and planted your color for winter and spring.  See October for more details

BULBS

bulbsFor a surprise show next Spring, plant your tulip and daffodil bulbs in late November or early December.  You’ll be glad you did next spring.  Get them in the ground before the first hard frost.  The more the merrier.  We like to load them up in our annual beds.  Since they are already prepared from last month the planting is much easier. Just dig down between your pansies.

A good rule of thumb is to plant them twice as deep as they are high (check the label).  A little bulb fertilizer down in the hole will not hurt, but not necessary for the first year.  Water them in and mulch them for the winter.  ENJOY next spring.  You may forget they are there.  SURPRISE!