Seasonal Care List: Fall

Seasonal Care List: Fall

While it may feel like the season is winding down, there are lots of things to do before everything goes dormant. Understand and enhance your fish population Are the fishermen complaining about no large fish in the lake? Should stocking be done? Before stocking a lake, find out what you have to properly prepare for stocking. Fish surveys are best performed during the spring and fall, when plant growth is minimal and fish have fewer places to hide. Surveys work best when the water is above 55 degrees. Once you know what you have you can then determine what you need to stock! Eliminate cool season invasive species Natural areas are being invaded by cool season invasive grasses despite utilizing even the most conservation-oriented management. These grasses include Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Common Reed (Phragmites australis), and Quack Grass (Elytigia repens). Now is the time to treat them! Cattail and phragmites removal After herbicide treatment it is a good idea to remove the dead cattails and phragmites. This provides native species the ability to expand to the newly cleared area; establishing the natives will help prevent further infestation by the cattails and phragmites. The area will look much cleaner after removal. Dormant seeding In a dormant seeding, the seed remains inactive until the ground warms the following spring. It is important to seed once soil temperatures have cooled sufficiently to insure that germination will not occur until the following spring. In our area, the recommended dormant seeding dates are from late September thru freeze up. Limit goose grazing Applying a goose deterrent on lawns can hinder goose grazing....