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We have received a lot of questions about fall lawn care, so we sat down with our landscape expert Dwane Staples to see what he would suggest you do to help your lawn this season as well as help it to be better for spring.

Aerate this Fall

I know that we have not had much moisture but even if your turf area is hard don’t put off aeration. This will help the turf and what little moisture we have been getting it will get deeper into the soil. The cores will also help to break down the thatch layer in the lawn.

Fertilization

You may have been delaying your fertilization routine due to the lack of moisture but do put down fertilizer this fall especially if you aerate.

Soil Sample

It is a good idea to take a soil sample so you can treat with home nutrients this fall and have a plan for going into the spring.

Soil Sample & Lime

It is a good idea to take a soil sample so you can treat with home nutrients this fall and have a plan for going into the spring. Fall is a good time to lime and a soil sample will help to tell how much lime your turf will need.

Seed Your Lawn

Fall is also a good time to seed your lawn. Remember to check to see if your Town has water restrictions as the new seed needs to be water daily until it is about an inch in height. With the severe drought, it may be better to wait until spring to seed.

Spring seeding is an option. You will need to remember that the seed will take longer to germinate because of ground temperature and possibly air temperature so you will need to water longer.

You can use straw to cover your seed work. Don’t put it on too heavy and don’t take it off as you may pull up the new growth of grass seedlings. You would use straw for the heat it produces or salt hay. You can also use a product like Penn Mulch which has starter fertilizer made into it. It is made from recycled paper material and looks like rabbit pellets. It will expand when watered and act like hydroseeding.

Grubs

There has been some grub activity so check those brown spots to make sure whether it is grub damage or drought.

Grass Recovery

Your grass may be coming back slowly, but that is good. Our grass here where we live is a cool-season grass and will go dormant during the summer heat. It may recover fine but remember that we are in a severe drought so delay seed work until spring if you can.

These are just a few suggestions from the questions that we have received. Drought, shade, lack of water, and insects all play a part in the health of your turf and how your lawn looks. As always, if you have any questions you can contact the store, or better yet, come in with your questions! We are always happy to speak with you!

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Mother Nature hasn’t been the best at gracing our gardens with water this summer, which leaves most gardeners with all sorts of questions. When should I water? How much should I water? How can I conserve water? We thought this would be the perfect time to give you some tips on watering as well as some other gardening basics.

#1 – Water Early

This gives your plants time to soak up and fully absorb the water you are giving them, ensuring they have water before the day gets at its hottest point.

#2 – Avoid Watering the Leaves

Of course, it’s not always possible to not get the leaves wet. Try to avoid as much as possible. Watering their leaves doesn’t benefit them much as they are mostly unable to absorb nutrients from the water. Also, the excess water could possibly invite fungal infections and other diseases that thrive on moisture, which is why long slow watering is preferred to sprinklers, especially for new plants.

#3 – Make Sure Your Plants Need the Water

Another way to not overwater is to first check to be sure your plants are actually in need of water. You can do this by checking how moist the soil is beforehand using your finger to determine how wet the soil is and how far down the moisture goes. If it feels properly hydrated a few inches down then you most likely do not need to water. Another way to check is by monitoring your plants that react most quickly to drying out. Then you can water as often as needed to prevent signs of dehydration. For instance, mophead hydrangeas may require a quick cool-off drink during the mid-afternoon in addition to their regular waterings.

#4 – Conserve Water Through Proper Mulching

One of the best ways to help keep your plants properly hydrated is by adding a thin layer of mulch. This helps retain water by minimizing the evaporation as well as preventing runoff when watering.

We also wanted to remind you to wait until the end of the day to spray repellant, insecticides, etc. That way the temperature will be below 85°F and the bees will not be around. This applies to both synthetic and organic sprays.

Another reminder is that vinegar is NOT an insecticide, it is an herbicide. It does not discriminate and will kill everything, so please use it with caution if you are using it as part of a solution as a weed killer!

Have questions or just want to share beautiful garden pictures with us? Shoot us an email or share with us on Facebook or Instagram!

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and your gardens are thriving!

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Rebecca Koraytem of David Austin Roses North America offers tips, tricks, and color combos to help you create a stunning garden. If you love garden design, this video is for you!

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Basic Seed Starting Instructions https://churchillsgardens.com/basic-seed-starting-instructions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=basic-seed-starting-instructions Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:56:11 +0000 https://churchillsgardens.com/?p=1354 The post Basic Seed Starting Instructions appeared first on Churchill's Garden Center.

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions about seed starting, so we thought it would be helpful to put together a little cheat sheet for you. We’ll take you through the materials you will need, the steps you will take to plant your seedlings, and where to place your seed trays or pods once planted. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. Our friendly and knowledgable associates will be more than happy to help get you on the right track!

What You’ll Need:

  • Seed Trays or Seed Pods
  • Seed Starter Soil
  • Seeds (Packed for 2020 will give you the best germination rate)
  • Labels to Label Your Seeds
  • Spray Bottle (Use for watering)

Location:

Germinate seeds in a bright warm location.

Steps:

  1. Loosely fill seed trays and/or pots with seed starter soil.
  2. Moisten soil by spraying with water bottle.
  3. Place seeds in seed cells or pots according to seed packet directions.
    Example: Seed packet will say plant one seed per cell 1/4” deep or sprinkle three Seeds on soil surface. Spacing doesn’t matter until you transplant.

Exeter Area last frost date is May 15th – This is when you can plan on putting your plants in the ground. Refer back to seed packet for plant spacing.

Read seed packet info:

The seed packet will tell you…

  • When to start inside
  • When to start outside
  • Seed Planting Depth
  • How many days to emerge
  • When to transplant

Some seeds want to be directly sewn in garden and others can be started indoors And transplanted to your garden or containers.

Germination:

Keep soil constantly moist while germinating.
Keep in a warm area.
A seed tray cover is a good idea to help keep the soil moist and warm.

Seedlings:

When seeds start to emerge you’ll want to keep the soil moist and remove the cover. Keep in bright sunny spot being careful not to burn seedlings or let them dry out too quickly. Be sure to rotate the trays! The plants will be reaching for the light as they grow.

Happy growing!

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