Do you long for a lush grass that stays green all year? Fall is the perfect time to establish a beautiful new tall fescue lawn. This popular grass variety adapts well to diverse environments, including damp or shady areas and colder climates. And unlike warm season varieties, fescue maintains its rich green color year round.
They do not come to the surface, so you may never see them unless you dig in the dirt to plant flowers or shrubs. The bloated larvae of common beetles are a normal part of the ecosystem in most lawns and no cause for alarm in small numbers. In higher numbers, however, they can inflict visible harm on your grass. Learn to identify indigenous white grubs and their damage to determine if your lawn is feeding an underground horde of uninvited pests.
Ask any homeowner and they will likely tell you that weeds are the biggest nuisance in the yard. Most of the unwanted vegetation that populates our lawns in early spring actually gets its start in the fall and grows through the winter. The best way to control these winter lawn crashers is to stop them before they start with pre-emergent herbicides.
Weeds, blights and pests can wreak havoc on our grass, no doubt. But would you be surprised to find out that these threats typically cause less than one-third of lawn problems? In fact, they are much more often symptoms rather than the underlying issue. The number one threat to your lawn is actually human error. Whether you or a service provider maintains your lawn, innocent mistakes in lawncare can lead to unwanted weeds, diseases and insects.
Recent hot, dry weather may bring an invasion of pests to our lawns earlier than usual. Fall armyworms and sod webworms, both voracious caterpillars, can munch their way across your lawn, leaving destruction in their wake. Arm yourself with information to identify and annihilate the threat, so your lawn stays healthy and beautiful.
Once the weather cools down in the fall and there’s less mowing to be done, it’s time to think about mulching around plants, shrubs and trees to prepare them for winter. Although throwing some wood chips or pine straw on your planting beds may seem like a no-brainer, getting it wrong could actually harm your …