, Newburyport, MA


August 14, 2013

Tim's Tips:


Your lawn will benefit from an application of fertilizer right now. It has been a harsh growing season. Those two heat waves we had will have damaged some of the root system of your lawn. By applying some fertilizer now, the roots will have a chance to get re-established and your lawn will green up again.

While you are putting down your fertilizer, take a look at your lawn and see if there are any weeds growing in your lawn. Late summer to early fall is an ideal time to control those weeds. If you spray those weeds now and kill them, you will still have time to pull out the dead weeds and reseed those bare spots in your lawn.

Late summer is also the ideal time to control Japanese bamboo. This bamboo was planted as a hedge many, many years ago. It has a tremendous root system that spreads from yard to yard. The plant itself can be 6 to 8 feet tall with round hollow stems. At this time of the year, it forms a flower cluster at the end of the growth. This signals that the plant is ready to pull all the food in the leaves down to the roots. If you spray this plant with a weed killer now, all the weed killer is taken down to the roots and they will be killed.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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