Late Summer Lawn Care

With the current heat and humidity, your lawn is likely showing some signs of stress.  New weeds are likely popping up, and ant mounds are starting to reappear.  Here are a few tips for you to get your lawn in check for the fall.

Continue to mow your lawn at a consistent height.  Some weeds can be eliminated through habitual mowing.  The weeds that cannot be eliminated this way, will remain.  Once temperatures begin to cool down, consistently below the 90s, you may then apply the herbicide of your choosing.  Be sure to correctly identify the weeds that you need to eliminate and choose an herbicide accordingly that will target those weeds.  Frequently, repeat applications will be necessary to ensure that the herbicide is effective in killing the weeds.

Apply a broadcast insecticide or ant bait to proactively eliminate those pests that can tear up your feet, and the roots of your lawn.  By now, any insecticide or ant bait that you applied in the spring time is likely gone.  The intense summer heat, and excessive rainfall have broken down and leached out any chemicals that you have already applied.  So consider reapplying before ants, chinch bugs, armyworms or webworms become a serious problem.

Lastly, be aware that the season to “Winterize” is near.  Applying a “winterizer” in mid to late fall will help strengthen your grass before it goes dormant for the winter season, and it helps to eliminate weeds during the dormant season.  Applying this product in late fall will slightly green up your lawn, but is more intended to make sure that your lawn has enough energy stored up for the spring time.  So if your lawn is looking slightly yellow, and you feel that you need to apply some extra fertilizer, consider applying a lawn food that is rich in iron over the next few weeks.  Do not wait too long, because if you do, before long it will be time to apply a winterizer.