With just a couple months left in the growing season, there are a few things to look out for in order to keep our yards in shape.

As weather remains unpredictable between hot days and afternoon showers, now’s the time to keep your eyes on the rain gauge. We want to make sure we are still getting enough water to keep our plants and lawn healthy (1½ to 2 inches per week) without over saturating and creating conditions for fungus.

Areas that remain in full sun might need more water while shaded and low-lying areas will require less. Native plants also need less water, so consider these types of plants for better water conservation.

The next two months are also an optimal time to get your lawn prepared to enter dormancy. It’s best to get your final round of fertilizer out, roughly six weeks before cool weather.

Keep your lawn protected from the insects and fungus we see this time of year. If you have St. Augustine, we recommend applying an insecticide for both chinch bugs and sod webworms.

If you have Centipede, you want to protect it against mole crickets, and if you have Bermuda you want to treat for mole crickets and sod webworms.

In all turf types we will begin to see brown patches once the weather cools down a bit, especially if too much water is applied. We recommend cutting back your irrigation when we enter into September, and watering manually as needed.

As our grass continues to grow, so do weeds. This time of year, we see a variety of stubborn weeds such as lespedeza, chamber bitter and dove weed.

There are also a variety of grassy weeds such as crabgrass and sedge that are common to this time of year.

Always look at the label on your weed control to make sure that its both safe for your grass type and designed to take out your targeted weeds. Some weeds will require multiple applications but the more you can get out this year, the less you will have to deal with next year.

Mark Deloach is the owner of Lawn Doctor of Beaufort County.