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Spray Your Yard In The Fall

If you want to have a great lawn next year, the time to spray for weeds is the fall. Weeds start to grow in the fall, then go dormant over the winter, and fully emerge thext spring/summer. If you know you have an issue with specific weeds every year, such as dandelions, chickweed, or henbit, you can spray for them when they are growing back with the warm days and cool nights that fall brings. If you have any spots where the weeds grow in clusters, or areas of your yard that are prone to weeds, this is where you should focus your spraying. Make sure you use the proper herbicide, and determine the right time as well, if you are spraying pre-emergence or post-emergence.

Plan Your Yard In The Fall!

Fall is the best time to work on your landscaping. That is because it is much easier on the plants for a variety of reasons.  In the fall, it is cooler, which does not put stress on the plants as much. Plants need time to grow an adequate root system to collect water, and planting in the spring or summer does not give plants enough time to grow before they go into shock from the heat and lower availability of water.  In the fall there is also usually plenty of water so the root system is able to grow at a natural pace.  Plants more easily go into a state of dormancy for the winter where they preserve their energy, and can continue to grow in the springtime before the hot summer months.  Early August is a great time to start planning your fall planting.

Fall Vegetables

With fall approaching, now is the time to plant fall vegetables.  You want to plant your fall vegetables in far enough in advance of the first killing frost, but most fall vegetables are pretty quick growers and only take 10-12 weeks.  Some vegetables that are good in the fall are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, kale, beets, turnips, and radishes.  Lettuce and peas love cool weather and will thrive in a fall garden.  Brussels sprouts usually hold up and live through the early frost, and parsnips and collards taste much better after they are exposed to frost, so make sure not to harvest it until then.  And make sure you plant your pumpkins, what would fall be without pumpkins!