The heatwave of July and early August saw lawns across the province dry up and enter dormancy. Even now, with the temperatures cooling a little and the recent precipitation, lawns across the greater Toronto areas of Mississauga, Milton, Georgetown and Oakville are recovering and greening up, but we’re still seeing some residual damage. Overseeding is a great idea for reviving your lawn.
With this in mind, we’re promoting a new overseeding mix called Panterra. The components of this mixture feature self repairing turf, quick establishment and 100% Certified Seed. Our clients are having great success with this product. Panterra sells for $3.99 for 1 lb. or $34.99 for a 10 lb. bag. Please let us know if you have any questions about overseeding – we love to help!
Maybe you like the beauty of a vine, but find them a little invasive or more of a commitment than you’re ready for. What about an annual vine? Annuals are plants that will die off after frost, so you have to replant them year to year, but they are vigorous growers with flowers that continue the whole summer long.
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[frame_right][/frame_right]With the cooler temperatures coming it’s getting to that time to put your garden to bed for the winter. If you take good measures to protect your shrubs and perennials, and to prepare your soil, you’ll definitely get better return in the spring. Start this process by warding off potential disease for the next year. Discard leaves and stems that show fungal disease or insect damage. Otherwise, spores will inoculate in your soil and re-infest next year’s plants. Many gardeners like to cut everything back, and while you want to clean things up and not leave all the work for spring, we don’t recommend total cutback in the fall. You can clean rotting leaves and stems, like the daylilies, hosta and old annuals, but the stems of many perennials like Black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, and perennial grasses continue to lend interest to the garden over the fall and through winter.
Fall is a great time of year to add on to your soil base. Using a compost or triple mix on your garden now, will help fertilize your plants and keep them healthy. As well, as the leaves start to fall, shred them with your mower and use the leaves as mulch on your garden. This will help to insulate the roots and protect your plants through the winter. You won’t want to mulch newly planted plants until the ground begins to freeze. If you are setting up to protect plants, please remember not to tightly wrap plants in burlap because this can hold ice against the plant tissue. If you want to use burlap, set up stake and burlap barriers, loosely wrapped to protect from wind by breaking up air currents.
Finally, don’t forget to water generously. You don’t want to winter thirsty shrubs and trees. If you have a root feeder, it is an excellent idea to deep water your trees in the late fall, before the freeze. Shrubs appreciate a good drink to see them through winter also.
With Oakville, Mississauga and Milton municipal pesticide banns in effect, beneficial nematodes are the most effective way to control cranefly larva, June bug larva (white grubs) and other turf damaging grubs in your lawn, including European Chafers and Japanese Beetle. White grubs and certain larva feed on the roots of grasses and in the spring when they have reached their maturity they hatch out of the ground and become Japanese Beetles, European Chafer and June Beetles. We want to eliminate as many grubs as possible to prevent them from maturing and coming out of the ground to damage trees, as well as to prevent the grubs from damaging the lawn. Nematodes are naturally occurring organisms that actively seek grubs and once found they enter the white grub release a bacteria in the grub which causes it to die. Nematodes will not harm humans, pets, wildlife, birds, soil, earthworms, water sources or the atmosphere. Nematodes arrive on a damp sponge within a plastic bag and are kept cold and dormant. To use, you soak the sponge in room temperature water and then apply the water to your lawn or garden using either a watering can or hose-end sprayer. The application is not difficult, but the timing is important. You need to apply in mid-May to mid-June, while the grubs are still in their larvae stage. Cool and cloudy late spring weather when frost danger has passed is ideal. The second application is from mid-August to mid-October. Please give us a call or drop by if we can help with your grub problem or nematode application.
Jade Gardens was the stage for a portion of television’s ‘Til Debt Do We Part this evening. Show will be on again at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011 on H.G.T.V. Check us out!