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August 28, 2013

Tim's Tips: Time to divide iris plants

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The end of August through the end of September is the ideal time to repair or to plant a lawn. The soil temperatures are warm, and the morning dew helps keep the seed moist. Yes, you will still need to water, but the cooler days of September mean that you won’t have to struggle to keep that soil moist.

If you are seeding small patches of soil, loosen up the soil and add some good organic matter to the soil. This will allow your grass to develop a good root system. If you are doing a whole lawn, take a few minutes to check the quality of the soil that is in your yard. If the soil is of a poor quality, you may need to add compost or more topsoil that is mixed into the top 6 inches of your existing soil. The soil is the foundation of your lawn. If you don’t have 6 inches of good-quality soil, you won’t have the quality lawn that you want to have in your 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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