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November 20, 2013

Tim's Tips: Keep up with watering, mowing

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Hopefully, you have gotten most of the leaves raked up that have settled on your lawn. Once the leaves are raked up, you should be keeping up with mowing the grass. If the grass remains long going into winter, the blades of grass will fall over and form a mat on the lawn. This mat of long blades of grass creates the perfect conditions for a disease called snow mold. Snow mold will kill off patches of grass.

In some cases, the grass will rebound in the spring, and in other cases, the lawn will need to be reseeded. Until the ground freezes, keep the lawn mower at the ready and keep the blades of grass cut short for the rest of the fall.

Someone asked me if they still had time to apply a fall fertilizer to their lawn. The answer is yes. An application of fertilizer will help the roots strengthen, and the fertilizer will be stored in the roots until spring. In the spring, as the soil warms up, the roots will use this stored fertilizer to put up lots of new blades of grass.

You can also apply lime to your lawn at this time of the year. If you haven’t applied lime to your lawn in the past year, now would be a good time to do so.

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

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

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