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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.

Tips From Richard: Deadhead Your Annuals

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:32pm -- WCVE

Deadhead your annuals in early August. Most annuals are able to put on another display before the end of the summer. Pull or clip off all the dead blooms and feed the plants with a water soluble fertilizer. You’ll get another flush of new growth and more great color.

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

Tips From Richard: Test Your Lawn Soil

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:15am -- WCVE

Test the soil in your lawn. The results will help you prepare for your fall fertilization as well as let you know if you need to add lime. A soil test can be handled by some garden centers, private labs or through your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

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

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