Now that we have lost better than 2 1/2 hrs of daylight, Its time to start thinking in reverse of Spring. How is tour lawn? Did it do OK in the heat and lack of rain this summer? Should you re-seed? How did your veggies do? What shape are your other landscape plants in? Should I just stay in the house……
Yeah, time to do some serious re-thinking of your dirt. First let me say this. The Sky is not falling. We have been slammed back and forth by the media about Global blah blah blah, and a lot of folks are confused, if not disheartened by lack of success. Ma Nature is just checking to see if we are paying attention.
Your Lawn. Go ahead, core aerate, kill off, re-seed, feed, and garden your soil this Fall.
Your Veggie Garden. Go ahead, pull out anything that looks dwindling, and plant a Fall crop of Spinach, Lettuce, Collards, brocoli, maybe even some Fall Squash. Get food on the table, and spend time till Winter enjoying them.
Your landscape. Yeah, there are dead looking leaves everywhere, but remember, that tree, or shrub, has taken upon itself to selectively delete those certain amount of leaves to stop the feeding process to its roots. Remember HS Biology? No? Google plant requirement nutrients… It will all come back to you.
Who sees great dieback on Evergreens? Prune selectively, and feed with something like Ironite or an NPK of about 16-4-8, then mulch. This has been a crazy year for all, and I really believe we will see the same Winter this year, historically, even the heat again next year, but wetter, providing you with more fungus than you want, so make sure to solarize your veggie gardens in March.
Its time to re-plant those shrubs now, and re-seed. The angle of the Sun is way down, so the 85 plus days make you hot, but the soil is actually cooled off. We will see that trend happen until Forsythia reblooms in the Spring. Yeah, it’s a long time coming, but at least you will have the time to start planning for your mistakes between now and then. Keeping that journal and pics we talked about last year? Now is the time to find them again..
Don’t give up.