As we approach the end of August, and therefore the end of summer, it’s time to evaluate our lawns and landscaped areas to determine what condition they’re in after another wet and hot summer. We need to make plans for what has to be done to ensure that our lawns are thick, well fed and weed-free; that beds are cleaned up, perennials and shrubs are fed, pruned where necessary, and both winter- and pest-protected before the snow flies. The earlier we all get started with fall lawn and landscape chores the more we can accomplish while the weather is favorable. It’s now time to get going.
Fall is the most important season for lawns; the best (really the only) time for seeding to repair summer damage and upgrade all lawns, the most important time for feeding, and the time to rid all lawns of the broadleaf weeds that have sprouted and spread throughout all lawns over the summer. It is also a great time for core aerating and liming lawns to improve growing conditions (opening up heavy soil and sweetening acidic soil) before winter.
For the third year in a row, we’ve had a summer with overly abundant rainfall throughout. As a result, we’ve noticed increased weed activity, both grassy weeds (crabgrass, Japanese stiltgrass, nutsedge) and broadleaf perennial weeds, as well as a lot of turf disease. Also, there has been no slowing of the grass growth rate leaving all lawns fully exhausted. Turf has thinned with the heat; disease and weeds have encroached. We’ll devote significant space in the main body of this Newsletter to our weed situation: what needs to be done in all lawns to restore healthy, weed-free growth.
Lawn Depot Turf Management has begun our early fall maintenance work; early fall feeding and broadleaf weed control, as well as early fall core aeration and overseeding. We’ve also been evaluating the lawns of existing customers who may want to upgrade their lawns this fall. We’ll continue sending out those recommendations to existing customers as we get through all of the lawns. If we are currently treating your lawn and you are interested in a Fall Seeding Quote, please give us a call (215-348-5553). For those of you who are not current customers, we regretfully will not be able to quote you for any services for the remainder of the fall season. We will be happy to look at your lawn later in the fall and quote our full maintenance program for the 2020 season when we send out proposals in early January. For those of you who have received 2019 proposals, we are happy to activate any fall work you are interested in having done.
Lawn Depot Garden Center will be back to our fall schedule as of August 24th, open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday 8-6, Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 9-3. The nursery yard is filled with thriving perennials, shrubs and beautiful fall mums in all colors and several sizes for your evaluation and purchase. The store is filled all the lawn and landscaping tools you’ll need, premium Lawn Depot seed blends, fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, repellents and birding products. We also have plenty of good advice, both in the store and nursery yard for those of you who may have questions. It’s the best part of our job, advising and assisting you all.