Mike McGrath, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Carolyn in Clarksburg writes, “What do you recommend as the best order for fall lawn care tasks, specifically applying corn gluten and milky spore, aerating and over-seeding. Which should we do first?”
That’s a very good list, Carolyn, and pretty much everything on that list should be done at this time of year if you have a cool season lawn. I’ll give you the short answer and then go into more detail below.
Aeration often the cure for a problem lawn
For cool season lawns (fescue, bluegrass and rye) that have seen a lot of foot traffic and were originally installed on unimproved clay, you can’t go wrong by starting off the fall lawn care season with some core aeration to relieve soil compaction.
To do it right, you need to rent a machine called a