Bare, exposed soil can affect water quality by
increasing runoff of water and materials applied, leaching, and erosion.
If your lawn survived summer stress, begin with a Labor Day application
of fertilizer. If your lawn has deteriorated beyond help from fertilizer
and patching, you may choose to renovate by seeding or sodding.
The first half of the month is the ideal time because
temperatures cool, moisture is adequate, and weeds are less competitive.
Minimize the amount of time when soil is bare so as to reduce
risk of soil particle movement into water bodies