The unusual late summer continues.Turf Thoughts
The perennially popular Turf Fertilizer Calculator from Purdue University is available online.
Heck, if you have a smartphone, you can use it while standing in the fertilizer section.
The rest of us will have to write the numbers down, then head back to the store to but the right bag afterwe run the numbers at home.
1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per application is a good goal. Consider 2 lbs/1000 sf, if you know the grass hasn't been fertilized for while (it's very light green in color) and needs to be thickened up. That's it for the year. Don't allow the granules to hit the hard pavement (sidewalks, driveways) around your home. It's a waste of your money and pollutes your local creeks and other waterways.
Leave the grass clippings on the lawn while mowing to capture that nitrogen as well.
No need to bag leaves, just run the mower over them one a week, chopping them in place.
Your lawn will be softer and healthier in the next growing season.
If you have a very thick layer of leaves (ankle height or more) consider putting down the fertlizer after mowing the leaves. They'll break down even more quickly.
If Creeping Charlie and Violtes still bother you, this 2001 cultural advice from Bruce Spangenburg is helpful. NB:Clopyralid is not available.
This Week at Reiman Gardens
The Annual Bonsai Show is coming up!
Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013
Also we have a Bonsai Styling Workshop
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1pm
Bulbs Aaron mentioned: