Credit: ICFP Media for Green Acres
As of Thursday, October 27, 2016
Neighborhood Expert: Russ Lindsley of Green Acres Nursery
Fall weather is a time for North Central Idaho residents to be preparing your lawns for the cold weather to come and create a landscape that will add beauty to your home this coming spring.
Aerate your lawn while it’s still green. Fall aeration breaks up the dry, compacted soil, allowing water and nutrients to reach the roots. Watering your lawn by hand during the dry winter months can help it green-up faster in spring.
Along with aeration, overseeding improves landscaping to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn. It also helps make your lawn less susceptible to disease by introducing a variety of hardy grass types.
Do the work now: mowing, trimming and fertilizing. Fall weed control kills perennial weeds, such as dandelions and thistles more effectively than spraying in the summer.
Tree and shrub growth resumes in the fall when soils are cooler and uniformly damp, which this the perfect time to fertilize trees. Fall fertilization increases the productivity of soil, both in increasing nutrient availability and encourages root growth. Trees and shrubs with a healthy productive root system are far more likely to overwinter with fewer dead branches and increased spring growth.
Also, watering during this time is critical to the health of your trees and shrubs. Your trees should be watered about every three to four weeks as long as temperatures are above freezing.
Time to plant? Right. Fall can be the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Bulbs should be in the ground by mid-October, while trees and shrubs should be planted by the end of October.
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