Homeowners should check their lawns for spring bugs. Heavy-duty people can inflict damage on lawns that look like cuttings. To inspect areas for army worms, use soapy water (2 tablespoons of lemon-scented dish soap in lollipop water) to bring larvae to the top of the thorns. The antimicrobials used to control army worms in grasslands are Sevin, Bifterinine, Triclofen, Spinosad, Cyprusurine, Gamma-Silolotrin, Lamda-Sihalotrin, Permetrin, Azadirachtin, Chlorantraniprol, Hallofenib, Indo. Wait 1-3 days before you apply the application.
September is the beginning of the cold season. Grass-fed fields were established from September to mid-October from late February to March as a weak second choice. Late sown grasses will not be strong enough to survive the first summer. Make a good seed bed by plowing the field and bring an extension of soil to the extension office to determine nutritional needs. Sow 8 to 10 pounds of seeds per 1,000 square feet. If you just want to highlight your fescue, control it by 4-5 pounds per 1,000 square feet.
To get the most out of your annual weed control pre-emergency weed program, apply now or at least September 15. Remember, you will need to water it within a few days to activate the previous herbicide. Do not use prefabricated or overgrown grass on a lawn.
Do not fertilize or prune shrubs now as this will encourage rapid growth, and the new weather will not have time to harden before the onset of cold weather.
Now is a good time to collect soil samples for your lawns, gardens and shrubs and analyze them at the University of Arkansas. Your soil sample report must be returned within two weeks. If the report requires lime to reduce soil acidity, apply it in the fall. Before the spring growth begins, the lime will have several months to work.
Dig and divide the blooming spring.
Save seeds for next year and save for annual and seasonal.
Fill in the oil around trees and shrubs.
Insects caring for sprouts should show their appearance this month. Small branches of peca, heck or tree fall off the tree. The fallen twigs have eggs stored in them, so remove them immediately, to control the mill. This will reduce the problem next year.
When life begins to cool down, bring life back to your landscape this month by planting pansies, cabbage or cabbage, spaghetti, dusty miller and diuretics. Pancakes planted in mid-October will better withstand the winter and make for a spectacular fall this fall.
Chrysanthemums are making flower buds. From this month onwards, make sure you grow a little and water regularly. Garden centers have moms to add to your collection.
Prepare your fertilizer room to access the fall cleaning process in a few short weeks. Clean winter garden units and store compost in a garbage can. If you have just started composting, come to the Extension Office for information on fertilizer or go to www.uaex.edu.
Leaves should be collected when they fall. They do not want to cover the heavy leaves that come in during the winter months. A thick layer can actually hinder the lawn. People often leave the leaves in the grass until it cools down and then uproot them. If you have leaves on your lawn before the first frost, the leaves may prevent your grass from falling asleep. When they finally pick the leaves, they expose the growing grass to cold weather. Your grass can be damaged by winter.
Start appreciating your houseplants for winter travel. Move the plants to a sunny location and then move them back to a place that resembles indoor lighting conditions in two weeks. All of this, moving outdoors to low light, will reduce plant shock when moving home next month.
From September onwards, the Christmas cactus will begin to sprout in the cold of the night, similar to our nighttime outdoor temperatures. Moving your cactus outdoors in an area with direct sunlight and giving you one more indoor plant fertilizer later this month will allow your cactus to bloom late into the winter. Outdoors, water restriction, and encourage flowering to open at the same time. Naturally, when frost is forecast, cactus is brought home and kept in a well-lit area until the sprouts sprout.
Contact the Arkansas University Agricultural Cooperative Extension Office at 870-455-2335 for more information on any of the above.