For cool-season turf and fescues, this month is the key feeding of the year. Aim for a Thanksgiving application. Why is this feeding so vital? Warm soil allows roots to take up nutrients, which will help grasses withstand next summer's intense heat.
Do not fertilize warm-season grasses. Get your herbicide out for wild garlic and wild onion. In a warm-season lawn, these upright clumps of bright green stand out like a sore thumb.
Other weeds to tackle this month include annual bluegrass and trampweed. Wait until February to treat trampweed in cool-season lawns.
Southern lawns need lime every two to three years. Ideally, you should have a soil test to know just how much to apply. If that's not possible, apply 75 pounds of dolomitic limestone per 1,000 square feet. Divide that amount in half and make two applications one month apart.
Test Garden Tip: Rake leaves on lawn to prevent disease and grass suffocation. As long as leaves continue to fall, keep your mower fueled and ready to chop and gather leaves in one easy pass.
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