“We are in the ideal brown patch conditions if you’re irrigating especially excessively,” extension agent Rebecca McMahon says of fescue.
On the other hand, if you haven’t watered since the rains stopped, the heat and dry conditions may have browned the lawn.
In warm-season lawns, “I’ve noticed Bermuda has really slowed down on the growth ... so they’re going to be starting their natural dormancy process fairly shortly if they haven’t already,” McMahon says. “From that standpoint, let them go dormant; that’s normally what we do this time of year.”
But with fescue lawns, we’re going into the time of the year when they’re most actively growing. If you plan to overseed, fertilize or core-aerate fescue, don’t let the lawn go dormant, McMahon says. The most important time of year to fertilize fescue is September, followed by November.
Pears ripen one to three weeks if stored at 60 to 65 degrees and can then be canned or preserved. If you want to store pears for ripening later, place fresh-picked fruit in cold storage at 29 to 31 degrees and 90 percent humidity. Ripen small amounts as needed by moving them to a place where it’s 60 to 65 degrees. Storing at 75 degrees and higher will cause the fruit to break down without ripening, Upham says.