In Ohio, the most efficient time of the year to plant a lawn, or renovate a lawn is in the Fall. At this time of the year most of us are about sick of mowing and all the other tasks involved with taking care of your yard, but this is the time of the year to prepare for next year!
Seeding Ohio lawns is best done NOW! Typically between August 15th and September 15th is ideal. Why Now?
- Soil temperatures are starting to drop to ideal temperatures for turfgrass growth.
- Summer annual weeds are on the decline leaving less competition for your desired lawns
- More consistent rain fall is generally available at this time requiring less added irrigation. Just remember, less added irrigation does NOT mean NO irrigation. Keep the top surface of the soil moist
If your lawn looks pretty good you can give it that extra boost by aerating and over seeding. Aeration allows air to make it’s way to the roots as well as relieving compaction. Over seeding helps to create a dense lawn that will help crowd out weeds next year.
Once seedlings have germinated, and been mowed twice, broad leaf herbicide applications are great for removing those unsightly perennial broadleaves. During the fall months, perennial plants begin to take carbohydrate reserves down to the roots. At this time they will also take herbicides down to the root, giving you more complete control.
5 Steps to a Great Looking Lawn This Fall
Weed Pro has put together a great guide on getting your lawn to look great this fall. Following this guide, and avoiding common mistakes, is the only way to guarantee a speedy recovery for your lawn after a stressful Summer. Get your guide by clicking on the button below:
Guest Author: Andrew Muntz received his Master’s of Science in Turfgrass science and his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Horticulture at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH.