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Tips From Richard: Treat for Grubs in the Lawn

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:05am -- WCVE

If you suspect grub damage to your lawn, September is the best time to control them. Right now grubs are young and actively feeding on grass roots. The folks at your favorite garden center can recommend a product that best fits your situation. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Compost Your Leaves

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:04pm -- WCVE

As leaves start to fall, consider using them as mulch or starting a compost pile. Leaves are the natural mulch that blankets the ground in our forests insulating tree roots and preventing erosion. However, if contained and allowed to decompose, they produce a wonderful soil amendment called compost. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Fall Fertilizer Application

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:22am -- WCVE

Make your first application of fall fertilizer on fescue lawns. In central Virginia, most turf experts agree that one secret to a healthy lawn is to make two or three applications of slow release nitrogen between the end of August and the first of December.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Overseed The Lawn

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54am -- WCVE

Overseed your lawn with new grass seed. A core aerator or a good stiff rake will help brake the surface of the soil enough to allow for good seed/soil contact. By lightly watering the new seed once a day, you should have new seedlings sprouting by next weekend.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Repair Your Summer Lawn

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:30pm -- WCVE

Get a head start on repairing the damage done to your lawn by the summer heat. Treat unwanted weeds and weedy grasses in your lawn with a herbicide containing glyphosate. If it doesn’t rain for two or three days after treating, water the area to insure the herbicide is cycling through the system of the plant. In approximately seven days the weeds will be dead and you’ll be able to plant new grass seed in their place.

Tips From Richard: Lawn Aeration

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:30pm -- WCVE

Schedule a core aerator for your lawn. Normal summer rain and heat tend to bake our soils resulting in a compacted lawn. Aeration with a core aerator will loosen the soil and allow moisture to soak in rather than run off. Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a contractor, aeration will help strengthen your lawn.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Lawn Mower Blade Care

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:45pm -- WCVE

Sharpen your lawn mower blade, or have it sharpened. A full summer of regular mowing will dull even the best mower blades. Often replacing the blade is a better alternative to sharpening as we head into the fall mowing season. A sharp blade produces a cleaner cut and is less damaging to grass plants.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Order Your Fall Bulbs

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:26pm -- WCVE

This is a great time to dig into your bulb catalogs or visit your favorite garden center to order bulbs for planting this fall. Crocus, daffodils and tulips planted this fall will reward you with great color early next spring. Ordering now will insure you’ll get the varieties you want in time for planting in the fall.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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