Webber warned of a disease that could seriously damage your lawn if you don’t take care of it quickly.
“A lot of lawns are in trouble due to a disease called snow mold,” said Webber. “That’s when the turf was under snowpack for a lengthy period of time. Then you throw on top the lengthy monsoon season we’ve had.”
Webber added the best way to remedy the situation would be to take a few short minutes to gently rake the blades of grass in your yard to aerate them.
Of course, some of us may not need the lawn care advice but would rather start planting in the garden. Well, when it comes to beautifying your flower beds, there are a few plants that are built to handle the colder nights, and one of the options would be a cool season annual. These would include pansies, dianthus, petunias, snapdragons, and sweet alyssum.
Vegetables are also a good option for planting this time of year. Some of the heartier vegetable options to plant include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, garden peas and potatoes.
Weather, of course, plays a big role in how well our gardens and lawns do this time of year, and one of the biggest helpers is lightning.
Did you know lightning can help plants grow? That’s right, the heat of the lightning interacts with oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere creating something called nitrates. As the rain falls it picks up these nitrates in the air. They are then pulled down to be absorbed into the ground like a natural fertilizer helping plants to grown. That’s why you may see greener and fuller grass or plants a few days after a thunderstorm.
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