Grass, outdoor plants and trees took a beating this summer because of the drought and temperatures in the 100’s for weeks on end. UNL Extension Educator John Fech has been surveying the situation and he is seeing a lot of brown tree tops and shriveled plants. When looking at lawns he says the only green are weeds and crabgrass.
As fall approaches many people are wondering what they need to do to save their lawns and landscaping. When it comes to lawns, Fech recommends waiting until spring to fertilize or re-seed. He says trees have just gone through one of the most stressful summers in many years and it is likely that some won’t survive the winter unless you took the time to water them over the summer months. Before you bring out the chain saw he recommends waiting until spring to see how the tree is doing. Some may surprise the homeowner and only need a good trim.