Gardening Tips: Preparing your lawn and garden for fall

I'M JULIE RILEY, HORTICULTURIST WITH THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, WITH MIKE SHULTZ BEHIND THE CAMERA.
WE'RE DOWN AT CITY HALL BECAUSE THE LAWN IS BEAUTIFUL. BUT, WHEN YOU DRIVE BY IT'S THE FLOWERS THAT YOU NOTICE.
BUT A HEALTHY MAINTAINED LAWN IS WHAT MAKES THE FLOWERS LOOK SO GOOD.
SO THINK ABOUT I, IF OYUR LAWN DOESN'T LOOK THIS GREAT THERE'S STILL TIME TO FERTILIZE.
ACCORDING TO UAF RESEARCH, FALL FERTILIZATION DOES NOT CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH WINTER INJURY.
YOU WANT TO USE A COMPLETE FERTILIZER, APPLIED AT HALF THE RATE YOU USED IN THE SPRING.
IT'S THE NITROGEN THE FIRST NUMBER THAT GREENS UP THE GRASS SO NICELY.
BUT IT'S THE POTASSIUM THAT HELPS TO DEVELOP WINTER HARDINESS, COLD HARDINESS.
FALL IS ALSO A GOOD TIME FOR WEED CONTROL.
PERENNIAL WEEDS LIKE DANDELIONS, ARE MOVING ALL OF THEIR STORED RESERVES DOWN INTO THE ROOTS FOR STORAGE.
SO YOU GET BETTER PERENNIAL WEED CONTROL WHEN HERBECIDES ARE APPLIED AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
IF YOU DECIDE TO GO THIS ROUTE, YOU WANT TO SELECT A PRODUCT THAT HAS A LABEL FOR USE ON THE LAWN.
SO LOOK FOR HEREBIDES THAT SHOULD BE APPLIED THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN THERE IS NO BREEZE BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT THE SPRAY DRIFTING OVER YOUR LILACS OVER THROUGHT HE VENTS INTO YOUR GREENHOUSE.
GRANULAR PRODUCTS THAT NEED TO DISOLVE IN WATER, ARE ALSO TAKEN UP BY TREE ROOTS UNDER THE LAWN.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE MANY WEEDS AT ALL, YOUCAN TRY DIGGING, BUT REMEMBER THAT ANY LITTLE PIECE OF DANDELION ROOT LEFT IN THE LAWN, WILL SPROUT A NEW PLANT IN SPRING.
SO THIS IS OUR LAST SEGMENT, GET YOUR FALL GARDENING CHORES DONE, AND ENJOY THE GOOD WEATHER.