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Moesel: Now is time to prepare your plants for fall

Despite the summer heat, now is when you should prepare your plants for fall
By Rodd Moesel, For The Oklahoman Published: August 30, 2014
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Fall may be approaching on the calendar but for most of the past two weeks it has felt more like summer.

We have actually dealt with more triple-digit temperatures the past two weeks than the rest of this summer combined. Hopefully you have been and will be watching for thirsty and stressed plants.

We have made it through much of the summer on natural rainfall and have not had to hand water or use sprinklers near as much as the last three exceptionally hot and dry summers. Hopefully you have provided the water your flowers, veggies, shrubs and trees have needed in this hot spell. That will bridge them over into the cooler and usually wetter fall season when many of our plants produce another round of new growth, vegetables or flowers.

The fall season can be one of the prettiest and best times in your yard and garden but we have to keep our trees and plants healthy. Our plants must survive the last of the summer heat to get to the wonders of fall.

Besides watering and mulching plantings, there are still a few root crops and semihardy cool-loving veggies we can plant to complete our fall vegetable gardens. We are entering the prime season for planting tall fescue seed if you want a green lawn this winter.

The Oklahoma State University turf program is involved in breeding and evaluating turf or grass varieties for use in Oklahoma. It is famous for some of their varieties of grass used at the Olympics in China, on NFL football fields, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Memorial and even on the athletic fields at the University of Oklahoma and many other athletic fields around the country.

Tall fescue is planted in the fall in sunny areas if you want green turf though the winter months. It takes eight to 12 days for the seed to germinate after it comes in contact with the soil and is watered in to start the germination process.

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