I believe the weather has a lot to do with this. In this part of the country, (Omaha, Nebraska) the temperatures have been relatively mild, highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s Fahrenheit. In addition there has been 2 -3 inches of rain this month. The future forecast is for cooler temperatures and more rain.
It is for this reason that I am doing the following things.
- Adding a shot of fertilizer – When temperatures are cool it is always a good time to apply more fertilizer to boost nitrogen. It’s been 8 weeks since my last application.
- Mowing the grass shorter – The lower temperatures are also lowering the soil temperatures to a 50-60 degree level. This is the ideal level for grass to grow. For this reason, the grass is growing faster.
- Add some seed to your yard – I applied some seed a few weeks ago and have seen some really dry, dead areas come back this fall.
- Continue to water the lawn, (especially, if its been 6 days since the last rain fall) . It’s a great time to establish proper root growth going into the winter months.
September is a great time to try some new lawn tactics before it gets too cool. Developing a strong thick lawn happens now if the work is put into place.