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Bring Your Lawn Back To Life This Fall

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Bring Your Lawn Back To Life This Fall

By, Ann Meisoll

Did your lawn survive the summer this year? Is it full of dead patches or weeds? If so, we can help. Fall is a great time to get your lawn back to looking lush and thick. Here are some tips and hints to get you going in the right direction.

  • What kind of light does the grass get? Is it a full day or partial, or filtered sun all day long? If you have full sun, use Top Choice certified seed. If you have partial sun, use Top Choice Sun & Shade. Certified blue tag seed is quite possibly the best grass seed you can buy. It is nearly 100% pure with virtually no weed seed. If shade is the problem, try a shade blend like Jonathan Green Dense Shade.
  • Know how much area you have to cover before you go shopping for grass seed. This might save you some money. Determine how wide and how long the area is and multiply them together. This will give you the square footage. Be sure to deduct any garden beds, buildings, driveways, etc., that might be in the middle of the lawn. Grass seed bags have the coverage usually on the front of the bag. It’s better to have a little too much than too little.
  • Are broadleaf weeds a problem? Get rid of them before you start to reseed. Kill them off with a cool season weed killer like ferti-lome’s Weed Free Zone. It will get rid of all those pesky weeds (but not grassy weeds), and it won’t kill your grass.
  • Don’t forget to water! If you reseed or overseed your lawn, be sure to keep the seed moist enough to germinate. We recommend a light watering in both the morning and late afternoon. It doesn’t need to be soaked, just lightly watered. You can use a sprinkler for 5-15 minutes if you like. If we have a dry Fall, be sure to water your lawn occasionally. It still needs water even though it’s not hot outside.
  • Fertilizer is a must in the Fall, even if you’re not reseeding. Two feedings about 6-8 weeks apart is usually enough to get your lawn through the Winter without too much stress. Use ferti-lome New Lawn Starter or Classic Slow Release Lawn food for the first feed, and ferti-lome Winterizer for the second feeding.

To break it down to four easy steps:
1. Weed
2. Feed
3. Seed
4. Water

Caring for your lawn in the Fall can be very easy. It won’t take a lot of your time and you’ll see the results pretty quickly, leaving you plenty of time for other things!

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