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Your Lawn Care Season is NOT Over Yet

Hey there, sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve sent an email with tips. I’ve been recovering from the GIE+EXPO while also taking some time to have a little fun with a Famous Lawn Mower Yard Sale Prank, as well as changing the oil in my mowers. Note: I did not get a chance to run my yearly Halloween Domination party at the house this season. I just wasn’t able to pull it together this year. However, we have something more important than that going on right now, the entire lawn care community is raising awareness for #MowVember and I shaved off my beard in this video here.   Crazy Late Fall Weather Speaking of canceled Halloween… look what Joe from Chicago sent me… this was his lawn Halloween night! Just so you know, that much snow is VERY early for da-Chicago-Land-Area Over-Bye-Dare! Brian B, another Chicago-Land resident - sent this pic of his covered up domination as well....

How to get Rid of Violets and Creeping Charlie In The Lawn

What’s up y’all - welcome to the very middle of October. I’m on the road to the GIE Expo this week but wanted to take some time and drop some tips on you. For you cool season folks (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, Turf Type Tall Fescue) I’m seeing more and more reports of wild violet and creeping charlie.Especially if you have gotten through your aeration and overseeding and are back to mowing regularly; all that watering and fertilizing you have been doing has also encouraged these weeds and now it’s time to get on top of them. The good news is: the very best time to get after these two common viney weeds is the fall time when outside air temps are above 55F during the day (outside air temps, NOT soil temps).The warmer the better, but as long as temps during the day are getting up over 55F for most of the day, you can get on these guys...

Cool Season Lawns - Seeding and Not Seeding

With the crazy weather around the country this week, for some of you, it may be time to call “no joy” and look for a different strategy.For others, you may just need to hold the line for a few more days until relief comes. Is It Time To Call No Joy? From military aviation. A pilot reports "no joy" when an attempt to establish visual or radio contact with another aircraft is unsuccessful; or when an attempt to acquire a target - either visually or on tactical radar - is unsuccessful. (source)I’m looking at you folks who have been hammered with heat and dried out like the desert the last month or so.Now I’m seeing record highs set this week yet again.From this report:On Tuesday, all-time October record highs were set or tied in more than a dozen U.S. cities. This included Cleveland; Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana; Syracuse, New...

September Lawn Updates for All Grass Types

Hey y’all hope you are having a great week!Still so much lawn time left for all of us and in fact, I think the fall can be some of the best looks for our lawns no matter what grass type or area of the country we are in. Let’s run down the line here from north to south.Cool Season Lawns - North, East, and TransitionYou cool kids are all getting well into your aeration and overseeding strategies and in fact, a good portion of the country - you all are already a few weeks into your watering regimen.This brings me to the tip I have for you this week, and that is patience and trust. I am getting two primary questions right now in regards to aeration and overseeding “post-care.” Question: “Allyn, when can I mow? The lawn is getting super tall!” Answer: Podcast Segment, How to Mow BEFORE & AFTER Seeding | Fall Overseeding Tips. (subscribe for more) Question: “I seeded 2 weeks ago and...

Fall Pre-Emergent Lawn Care Strategies

It’s time to prepare for fall, y’all. Doesn’t matter where you live, it’s time to think about your strategy. Far north, far south or anywhere in between, there are some fall preparations we all need to consider.