Tidewater Times September 2019

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Prepping for Fall September’s cooler temperatures and decreasing daylight hours signal that fall is on the way. For most people, vacations are finished and the kids are back in school. Now is the time to think about what needs to be done this month to prepare for the fall and eventually winter. September can sometimes be a dry month, depending on whether a tropical storm comes up the East Coast. If it stays dry, it is impor-

tant to continue watering. Cooler weather can result in a growth spurt of f lowers and shrubs in the landscape, so they need adequate water. Applying an inch of water per week in the landscape is usually a good guideline. Water the lawn if it is dry, doing a deep, intermittent watering to soak the root system. Turf experts recommend that you continue to water the lawn in fall until the