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September 25, 2013

Tim's Tips: Time to seed lawn, pull up plants

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Fall is also a good time to lime your soil. If you didn’t lime your lawn and gardens this spring, you may need to do so this fall. You can purchase a pH test kit and test your soil to see if you need to apply lime.

This past weekend, many people came in to the store and told us that the skunks are digging up the lawn. This generally means that the skunks have found grubs in the lawn.

Now is the time to treat your lawn for grubs. Most of the grubs hatched from eggs laid by the Japanese beetles this past summer. If you kill the grubs this fall, you won’t have to apply a grub control in the spring. There are organic options for grub control. A product called Milky Spore will kill the grubs, and it will continue to work in your soil for 10 years or more.

The sooner you apply a grub control, the sooner the skunks will stop digging up your lawn and the less likely that the dog will make a new friend out in the yard.

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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