As we strategy the tip of August, it’s a good time to contemplate garden restore and even placing in a brand new garden.
Assuaging compaction and thatch issues (because the temperatures reasonable and soil moisture is extra sufficient) will enhance your garden. If obligatory, early fall is an efficient time to contemplate a post-emergent management product for broadleaf weeds. Should you had a critical Japanese beetle downside this 12 months, grub management is your reply and now’s the time to do this, too.
If you wish to restore bald spots in your garden, late August by way of the primary week in October is the optimum time. You wish to make certain the soil remains to be heat and night temperatures keep above 50 levels. It is principally the identical in the event you begin a brand new garden from scratch. You do not wish to plant garden seed too late as a result of it would not give the grass roots sufficient time to develop earlier than the chilly climate arrives.
Should you simply must restore some naked spots, listed here are some tricks to get you began.
– Begin through the use of a leaf rake to comb out any lifeless materials.
– Utilizing a backyard rake, deliver some recent soil to the floor. In case your rake would not scratch down deep sufficient, poke the world with a backyard fork to reveal extra soil.
– Observe the amount directions on the grass seed label and frivolously sprinkle the seed over the tough areas. Cowl the seed with a skinny layer of topsoil or compost earlier than tamping the world with the again of a rake so the seed makes good contact with the soil.
– Add straw and water properly. Straw retains grass seed in place, defending it from washing out, and in addition conserves moisture.
A good looking garden begins with the suitable grass seed. Kentucky blue, fescue and rye grass are all good selections, nonetheless, it will depend on soil high quality and different environmental elements current in your yard.
Sustaining your garden requires administration practices on the proper time of 12 months. You’ll find helpful info on Cornell College’s turf grass web site turf.cals.cornell.edu/garden for retaining your garden wanting nice all season lengthy.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is all the time pleased to assist along with your backyard questions. Discover your individual solutions on our web site at cceoneida.com by clicking House & Backyard on the menu or name us at 315-736-3394, ext. 100. Make sure to like and comply with us on Fb and take a look at our Youtube channel for nice gardening talks.
Rosanne Loparco, Grasp Gardener Volunteer, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County.