Getting Ready During October
Not many people think of winter in the heat of September, but fall is the time to prepare your lawn for the cold ahead and, at the same time, get rid of unwanted weeds. Fall fertilization, which is the most important fertilization of the year, is the first step for a healthier lawn next year, and September is the time to do it. Use a 3-1-2 ratio formula or buy a “winterize” product of your choice, allowing for good coverage. The “slow release” will feed through early November, and with continued regular watering, produce a hardy” root stock to survive the winter. This is also the time to put out the pre-emergent chemicals to control unwanted weeds and grasses. First, identify the type of weed you need to control. For cool season grassy weeds such as rye or blue-grass, use products such as Balan, Amaze, or Team; for broadleaf weeds like henbit, use Gallery. Check with your nurseryman for his recommendation. Fungal diseases love cool weather and are most prevalent in the fall. Monitor the condition of your lawn carefully. If you suspect a problem such as brown patch, gray leaf spot, or take-all contact the Hopkins County Extension Office for treatment options.
Coming Up: Private Applicator Credits at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center scheduled for Wednesday November 5, 2014 9:00-3:00 PM (1 Gen, 3 IPM, and 1 L&R) (Course 0704883). The program will include from 09:00-10:00 Integrated control of flies in livestock operations- Dr. Sonja Swiger- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- Stephenville, Texas. 10:00-11:00 Armyworms and Grasshopper Control – Dr. Sonja Swiger- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- Stephenville, Texas.11:00 to 12:00 Laws and regulations update- Janet Hurley- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- Dallas, 12:00-01:00 Lunch catered by Andy Wright, 1:00-2:00 Protecting our waters from pesticide pollution- Dr. Fouad Jaber- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- Dallas. 2:00-3:00 Integrated weed control in pasture land in Northeast Texas- Jason Holt from USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service. The cost of the seminar is $25 (Lunch included) Please register by October 27, 2014 by calling 903-885-3443.Program organized by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hopkins County. Program partially sponsored by NETBIO.