Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 42B

Gardens plant of the month

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s the days grow shorter and the
temperatures begin to drop, the
fall season is the perfect time to give
your lawn a little attention to keep it
healthy and weed-free for the coming
colder months. There are two options
to prevent winter lawn weeds: seed
the lawn or apply a pre-emergent.
If your lawn has dead patches
or looks rather thin, laying sod or
reseeding can be very effective to
achieve a healthy, dense lawn. When
reseeding your lawn, however, it’s
important to exclude the use of a preemergent, as it will prevent the new
grass seed from germinating. If you’re
not reseeding, then take time to apply a pre-emergent like Pike Crabgrass Preventer. Crabgrass preventer
is best applied in mid-September and
must be applied no later than midOctober. Garden experts recommend
applying the preventer immediately,
even before you see weed growth.
If you’re preparing to plant a
new lawn this fall, the first step is to
kill any existing vegetation. Apply a

product like Kleenup that kills existing
weeds. This should
be done at least 4 to
5 days before laying
sod or seeding. If it’s
an area that has been
Keep your lawn looking great in
planted for a while, it
the coming months by doing a
may take a few applilittle maintenance now.
cations of Kleen-up to
remove all the weeds.
The next step to preparing the the correct application rate. While it’s
area is adding a 2- to 3-inch layer of tempting, applying more seed than
top soil or soil conditioner and till recommended will not give you a
it into the native soil. Our Georgia fuller, lusher lawn.
After you have laid your new sod
clay is extremely dense, so it’s critical to amend the native soil to allow or seeded the lawn, be sure to water
for better root growth and drainage. thoroughly. Longer, deep watering is
Next, apply lime to the soil to bal- more beneficial. Continue watering
ance out the pH level and make it until just before you see runoff.
Source: Pike Nurseries,
more alkaline. The last step before
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laying sod or seeding is to add a starter fertilizer. Afterward, lay your sod
or apply a cool-season fescue seed
For this month’s story on attracting butlike Atlanta Blend lawn seed. When
terflies to your yard, see Georgia Gardens,
applying grass seed, use a spreader
page 36.
and read the back of the package for

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2013

Georgia Magazine - October 2013
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Currents
Georgia Winners
Autumn happenings in the southeast
More travel: Southeast festivals
Ghostly tours in Savannah
Around Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Second helping: Chili!
Snapshot
More Snapshot photos
Fall tips for lawn care; Plant of the month
September’s online trivia contest
Georgia Grown spotlight
My Georgia
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Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Cover2
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 3
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Contents
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Viewpoint
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Mailbox
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Picture This?
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Georgia News
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 9
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Calendar of Events
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 11
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 12
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 13
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Currents
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 15
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Georgia Winners
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 17
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 18
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Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 23
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Autumn happenings in the southeast
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Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - More travel: Southeast festivals
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 30A
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 30B
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 30C
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 30D
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 31
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 32
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Ghostly tours in Savannah
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 33A
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 33B
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Around Georgia
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 35
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Georgia Gardens
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 37
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Georgia Cooks
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 39
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Second helping: Chili!
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 40A
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 40B
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - 41
Georgia Magazine - October 2013 - Georgia Grown spotlight
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