September is the most important month. Seeding, fertilizing and aerating to reduce soil compaction should all be done in September. Timing is crucial for good success.
Knowledge for Life e-News          September 2016
Warm, clear days. Cool, crisp nights. That's the beauty of September. These milder conditions make it the best time to rejuvenate your summer-stressed lawn. September is also National Food Safety Month. We debunk some common food safety myths in this issue. It's also a good  month to sit down and review your retirement savings.
Time to Feed the Lawn
September is considered the most important month for care of our cool season lawns (bluegrass and tall fescue). September's milder conditions help revive stressed turf. This is why it is important we give the grass what it needs -- food -- to fully recover from the stress of summer. Here's how.
Time to Reseed the Lawn
Early to mid-September is the critical time to seed a lawn. Anything after that runs the risk of poor establishment as the weather starts to change. Here's how to increase your seeding success.
Time to Core Aerate Cool Season Lawn
September is a good time to aerate your lawn as part of a healthy maintenance program. An aerator has tines that are forced into the soil and remove a finger- sized plug of soil out of the ground. Find out why aeration provides a number of benefits to the lawn.
Plant Wildflowers and Native Grasses in Fall and Winter
We typically think of planting native grasses and wildflowers in the spring, like April and May. But there is a second and third option of planting in the fall or in the dormant winter season. Johnson County Stormwater Management offers a cost-share program for seed.
Top 10 Food Safety Myths
September is National Food Safety month, so why not celebrate the occasion by checking to see if you believe any of these commonly-held food safety myths.
Saving for Retirement
Many people wonder if they have or will have enough money saved to be able to retire comfortably. When thinking about your retirement savings, here are some things to consider.
Pink Eye in Cattle -- Worse This Year
For one reason or another, pink eye has been worse in local cow herds this year. Multiple producers say they were battling more cases of pink eye than they have in years. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian, A.J. Tarpoff, has some tips to help minimize the effects of this disease in cattle. 
Have You Gotten Your Free Soil Test?
Now is a good time to test your soil. Johnson County residents are eligible for 1 free test per household. Ag producers and small acreage owners get 10 free tests. Find out how to get your free soil test here.

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