As we begin our transition from summer to fall, we have encountered large amounts of rainfall. Although the excess rainfall has been great for our landscape and watering bill, it has brought a few problems along with it.
The most common issue associated with excess rainfall is fungus, especially when our temperatures begin to fluctuate. Now is a good time to begin operating your irrigation system on manual mode and run it whenever we go more than a week or so without rainfall.
Poor drainage can be one of the leading causes of turf decline, so it is important to divert what comes down from pooling up in our landscapes.
Although we can’t control Mother Nature, there are a few key ways you can protect your landscape.
If you notice water pooling in areas of your yard, we suggest looking into a drain box or French drain to keep those areas from remaining saturated.
We also want to keep thatch and leaf debris minimal during this time by bagging and blowing your grass clippings. Doing so will allow the water to penetrate the soil faster.
With all of this excess rainfall, as well as the approaching change in seasons, we are also seeing a decrease in soil temperatures. The soil temperatures will continue to drop as our warm days shorten and cool nights increase.
Now is a great time to put down pre-emergent weed controls. The goal is to get them down before the cool soils begin to germinate winter weed seeds such as Poa Annua.
A secondary round may be necessary around November to increase the duration of coverage.
Our trees will also start preparing for fall. Deciduous trees will start dropping a few leaves. Some of these include Crape myrtles, maples, sycamore, pecan, and Bradford pear trees.
This is also a good time of year to fertilize your camelias before they begin to bloom in the fall.
Hydrangeas will start getting black spots on the leaves, which is normal, as their season is nearing an end.
You can start getting your beds ready for fall annuals, which should be planted in October, by adding compost and organic matter to improve your soil. Annuals like good drainage, so build up these beds to help improve the drainage.
Mark Deloach is the owner of Lawn Doctor of Beaufort County.