An easy way to improve your home’s curb appeal for next spring!

Copyrighted Scotts lawmIt’s Labor Day weekend and aside from enjoying a picnic or two on the last holiday weekend, it’s also a good time to do last minute work on your lawn … especially after the hot, dry weather we’ve been having.

With a little effort – not a lot – it’s easy to have a lawn like the one in the photo. Here’s how:

First, you must decide whether your lawn most needs a weed control applied or whether it could benefit from overseeding. You can’t – or shouldn’t do both.

Fall is a great time to do either task. The weeds are easier to kill because they aren’t as actively growing as they were in the spring. If you plant grass seed, the new little plants love cool nights and warm days, so they’ll germinate quicker and grow better.

  • If lots of weeds seem to be taking over, then you need to use an herbicide like Scotts® TurfBuilder Plus 2®. It does an excellent job of killing the broadleaf weeds. (Grassy-type of weeds require a non-selective type of herbicide, like Round-Up®, but use this carefully as it will kill the “good grass” as well.) The best time to put the granular herbicide on the lawn is in the morning when the dew is still on the leaves, thereby, holding the product in place rather than allowing it to fall to the ground. Plan to stay off the lawn for a day to allow the granules to be absorbed by the weeds.
  • If you decide you would prefer to freshen up your lawn with overseeding, then now is a good time to do that. Just be sure to buy a high-quality seed so you don’t plant weeds along with the grass seed. Again, I only use Scotts products and I prefer their Pure Premium High Traffic brand because it contains some nice perennial ryegrass varieties along with the old favorite Kentucky bluegrass. The perennial rye will stay greener longer in the fall and green up quicker in the spring. Make sure the seed gets to the ground after you’ve spread it, because the little seed will need to have its roots touch the soil in order to grow. You’ll need to keep the seed moist and not allow it to dry out before it has time to germinate. This is where the perennial ryegrass comes in handy, as it will/can germinate in 3-4 days.

Regardless of which task you decide to do, keep the fall leaves raked because they can harm a nice lawn if left on top of the grass for too long.

The best part of doing something now is that come next spring, your curb appeal will be so-o much better and it’s an easy improvement that might cost you less than $50 to do.

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