Fall temperatures have arrived and for many gardeners the cooler nights and shorter day length signal the end of another gardening season. Most will begin turning their thoughts to ordering garden catalogs or watching other people garden on television. But don’t put away your gardening gloves yet, there are still plenty of tasks to be completed.

Lawns: Cool season lawns, like fescues, do most of their growing in cooler temperatures and benefit from an application of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet three times in the fall: Sept. 1, Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. If you just reseeded your lawn, remember to keep the ground wet, but not soaked, until the grass seedlings emerge. Once your grass is growing, switch your watering schedule to less frequent applications but longer watering time. Your goal should be 1 to 2 inches weekly. This will encourage the roots to grow deeply into the soil and prepare them for possible droughty weather next summer. Delay fertilizing a newly established lawn until seedlings have reached appropriate cutting height.

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