Lawn & Garden Expert Answers Questions

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Lawn & garden expert John Fech joined Serese Cole on WOWT 6 News Midday Thursday to answer viewer questions. However, first he talked about lawn fertilization.

He said for 90% of us, now is not the time to fertilize unless you have zoysia or buffalo grass. In that case, a light fertilization is in order for the warm season grasses. Labor Day is a better time to think about
One viewer asked, “I have new sod put in this last spring, when should I fertilize?” John said keep it cool and moist, not soggy, for now.

Another asked about mowing a damp lawn, is it bad for the grass? John said as long as the underlying soil is not soggy, then its’ okay. It could be rough on the mower.

Carrie asked, “We have two peach trees. My husband read that we should put nitrogen rich ingredients near the base of the trees to help peaches grow. He said coffee grounds should work. Is this true & necessary? John said it’s best to put that type of material down in the spring.

Natalie asked, “What is the best way to repair damaged spots in the grass from my dog? John said remove the soil and replace it. It’s difficult to counteract the urine. You might try diluting it as soon as you can.

Kevin asked, “I have five Brussel sprout plants growing. They’re about three feet tall and creating big leaves but nothing else. Will they ever produce? John said it’s common with cold crops in the summer. It’s easier to grow them in the fall. Keep mulch around the base of the plant, keep it as cool as possible, and make sure you have the ground in a cool/moist status. They might set in the fall in mid to late September.

You can follow John on Twitter @JohnFech


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