Lawn maintenance for autumn
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

The summer months are coming to an end. The cooler days of autumn are upon us. This time of the year is a transition time in the lawn and garden.

As a child, my grandmother had many big leaf hydrangeas planted in her landscape that provided brilliant color every summer. Around her patio, they blended in with pink garden phloxes and provided an attractive view from the dining room.

As the warm weather of spring has arrived, our lawns are actively growing and require proper maintenance. The warm season grasses, such as bermuda, zoysia, centipede and St. Augustine, have come out of dormancy and are green.

Throughout the county, many properties have large infestations of bamboo. The plant does have an attractive appearance and can screen out unwanted views. However, bamboo is invasive in nature and can take over an area rather rapidly smothering anything in its way.