10October 31, 2018
All the wind on this past Saturday did a pretty good job of knocking the leaves off the trees. Soon we will be hearing the sound of leaf blowers doing their job of piling up all of those leaves. Blisters on our hands are sure to follow because there are always a few leaves that need to be raked up.
Once you get those leaves taken care of, you may want to put some lime on your lawn. In our area, it would be advisable to put lime on your lawn at least once a year. In case you don’t know, our soils tend to run on the acidic side of the pH scale. If the soil becomes too acidic, the grass cannot take up the lawn fertilizer that you apply to the soil. If the grass cannot grow properly, the weeds will eventually invade the soil. By keeping the soil slightly acidic, with a pH range of 6.5, your lawn will grow and over time, the grass can force out many of the weeds.
While you are applying lime to your lawn, you should also be applying some lime to your vegetable garden. Even if you are using small raised beds, you still need to lime the soil. Your perennial beds will benefit from an application of lime too. Lilacs and rosebushes do not like an acid soil either. You should apply lime around both of those plants.
Once you have the leaves raked up, there is still time to apply a fall lawn fertilizer. At this time of the year, the fall fertilizers help to develop a strong root system on your lawn. A portion of the fertilizer is actually stored in the roots of the lawn. Come the spring, that stored food begins to push out new blades of grass. The last fertilizing of your lawn is probably one of the most important times to fertilize your lawn. If you haven’t applied your fall lawn fertilizer, make sure to do it soon.
The frost has probably wiped out many of the plants in your vegetable garden. You do not want to leave those plants in your garden. The plants may be a winter home for insects and if those plants had any type of fungus disease on them during the growing season, the fungus disease can over winter on the plants. Take the time to pull up those old plants. If you have a compost pile, you can dispose of the plants in the compost pile. However, if the plants were covered with fungus disease, you would be better off burying them in the ground some place other than in your vegetable garden. If you have your leaves picked up, you could dispose of the plants with those leaves.
The Japanese beetle grubs have been active this fall. If you find that the skunks have been digging up your lawn, the odds are that they are looking for and finding grubs in your lawn. An application of grubs control will eliminate the grubs and help to get the skunks to move on to another lawn. If you have a dog, you know that dogs and skunks are not a good combination.
Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.