Lawn Care and Falling Leaves

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I’m not a big fan of overseeding the lawn with annual ryegrass. This is partly due to my not wanting to have to mow the lawn through the winter and partly because the centipedegrass I have in my front yard doesn’t react well to being overseeded. If I overseed and fertilize the annual ryegrass to keep it looking good through the winter, there is a chance that, if we have a few warm weeks during winter, the grass will start to green up and then likely it will get winter injury. However, if you have a bermudagrass lawn and like to have green through the winter, then overseeding with annual ryegrass is a great idea.

You may hear some commercials on the radio or see them on television advertising a winterizer fertilizer for your lawn. These commercials are mostly for cool season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. Don’t be fooled in to fertilizing a warm season grass when it’s trying to go dormant.

As the leaves begin to fall from the trees in earnest, be sure to keep them raked up off the lawn. A better idea may be to mow the leaves with a mulching mower, chopping them up into tiny pieces that can then break down and feed the lawn. These little pieces of leaves will act like a mulch in your lawn, shading out any weed seeds to reduce the number of winter annual weeds.

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Shawn Banks, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionShawn BanksCounty Extension Director & Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Shawn Email Shawn N.C. Cooperative Extension, Carteret County Center
Posted on Sep 27, 2022
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