Fall is a whole new gardening season!

August 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

At Maymont we celebrate the fall, and as the days shorten from August to October our gardening to-do list lengthens.  The cool weather invigorates the garden and the gardener alike.  For instance,  the third week in September is the perfect time to renovate a lawn in Central Virginia. In preparation to do so test the soil for fertility and pH, then amend according to the instructions on the soil test results.  In mid-September aerate your lawn while the soil moisture is high and apply seed according to the directions found on the bag’s label.  In addition, apply a light application of grass seed starter fertilizer to aid the new grass seedlings in getting established. 

Water the lawn only when there is a lack of rain during germination, be water-wise by allowing the shorter days, cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall to nurture your new lawn.  If you do not know where to begin call your local extension office and talk with a Master Gardener for DIY advice or contact your local garden center for referrals to have a professional evaluate your landscape.  Creating a beautiful lawn for you while saving the bay for the future is a goal worth pursuing.

Peggy M. Singlemann, Director of Horticulture


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