What To Do:
If your lawn has weathered the Summer pretty well and it’s just time to keep up the pace – follow Toby’s Fall Lawn Program. This is the most important time of year to fertilize and get your lawn as healthy as it can be going into the Winter.
Follow these steps for a beautiful lawn!
- Apply Earth Right – Soil Conditioner
Double rate the 1st application – 1 qt. to 5,000 sq. ft.
This will break up our heavy clay soils 2 ½ ft. deep.
Grass will be able to root deeper. Then do normal rate every spring and fall – 1 qt. to 10,000 sq. ft.
- Apply Hummert Fall Lawn Starter Fertilizer with Nutri-Life – use for established lawns or when seeding
- Broadleaf Weed Control (if needed)
What You'll Need:
Our thick clay soils in this part of the country make it hard for water to penetrate the soil and for roots in out lawn to grow deeper. Toby recommends Earth Right. It’s an all natural product that helps break down the clay and turn it into healthy soil. All you have to do is hose it in once each season and you’ll have a better draining, healthier lawn!
Hummert Fall Lawn Starter Fertilizer with Nutri-Life
Fall Lawn Starter by Hummert is a special formulation of Fertilizer that Toby has developed for the Midwest. Fall lawn starter contains special nutrients that our lawns need after the heat and stress of Summer to jump start growth in the Fall which will help thicken your lawn, increase root growth and aid in top growth.
A three pronged approach to help your lawn start getting healthy again so that it has the nutrients it needs all Winter.
September Watering Instructions (For Established Lawns!)
- 1-1.5" of water per week.
- Stop watering when ground freezes solid; usually about Christmas.
- A good rain gauge is important!!
- Grass needs 1-1.5" of rain weekly. Record weekly rainfall and water as needed.
For example: if we have .5" of rain one week, you will need to add .5" of water that week.
September Mowing Instructions
- Mowing frequency and height directly affect the health and quality of a lawn.
Mowing a lawn too short or not often enough can cause water problems and even death to the grass.
- Never mow when grass blades are wet.
- Mowing height for September: 3"
- Never remove more that 1/3 of the grass blade.
If a mowing is missed; set the mower as high as it will go, then lower and mow again in a couple of days.
- There is no need to bag or rake grass clippings as long as the grass is mowed often.
Short grass clippings decay quickly and re-cycle nutrients back to the soil.
- Use a different mowing pattern each mowing.
- Sharpen and balance mower blades every 10 mowing hours.
- The height for the final mowing of the season is 2".
Grass that is too high during the winter can become diseased.
Toby Quick Tip:
Get a Rain Gauge:
It is essential to know how much rain Mother Nature gives us each week. Invest in a good rain gauge. Overwatering your lawn can lead to disease problems.
Under watering can lead to foundation cracks and loss of expensive landscape plants. A rain gauge will help you determine how much additional water you need to apply each week.