Monday, September 2, 2013

End of Summer Lanscaping Tips

September is here, and although in the greater Houston area that doesn't mean you can kiss summer weather goodbye, it does mean you can start thinking about the autumn weather to come. There are some things that you can do now to give your lawn and landscaping beds a better chance for success when it starts to cool off.

  • Brown patch disease in St. Augustine grass can still be a problem into the Fall, so continue to watch for it.
  • If you have a dead spot or area that appears stressed in your lawn, consider chinch bugs as the culprit. They can still thrive in the Fall.
  • For warm-season grasses like most lawns in the Houston area, the final nitrogen fertilizer application of the year shouldn't be any later than September 15.
  • Pay attention to your watering and make sure your landscaping is getting what it needs.
  • Damage from white grubs can appear in September. If you notice a problem, apply soil insecticide and water it in thoroughly. Ask your local garden store or contact C4 Landscape & Design if you need suggestions for what kind to use.
  • By the second week of September, complete application of pre-emergent control for winter-annual weeds on your lawn. You can skip this application if you are planning to over-seed your lawn with rye grass. 

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