NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE SEEDING OR OVER-SEEDING YOUR LAWN
Are you ready for September and the start of our seeding and fertilizing season for lawns? Many homeowners are prepared and follow the S.O.D. program (September, October, & December). If you have any lawn care questions or concerns, then I urge you to consider attending our event this Saturday, September 16th:
FALL GARDENER’S FAIR
A free seminar beginning at 10 AM on:
LAWN CARE – BEAUTIFUL LAWNS START HERE
PROVIDED BY TWO LAWN CARE EXPERTS – Mr. Mike Pipkin and Mr. Steve Leyland
Learn with all of us and bring all your lawn care questions!
To help, here are a few general tips to keep in mind when caring for your lawn this fall:
FALL LAWN CARE TIPS
- Know your square footage of the actual lawn surface. This information will help you to determine the proper amount of grass seed and fertilizer required.
- Pick the best grass seed and fertilizer for your specific lawn situation. Not all grass seeds or fertilizers are the same.
- When overseeding an established lawn, two pounds of fescue seed per 1,000 square feet is adequate to thicken up a lawn. For a new lawn, three to four pounds of fescue seed per 1,000 square feet is recommended.
- I can’t stress enough about READING THE LABEL on a grass seed bag or fertilizer. Not all seeds are equal. Over the past decade, advances in lawn seed technology have created improved varieties that are more resistant to insects, disease, and drought. Also, you want to avoid cheap blends of seed that will have a higher percentage of inert ingredients and weed seed.
- Consider covering the new seed with organic matter such as compost or peat moss (not wheat straw). This organic matter will help towards creating healthier soil.
- Once you seed, add a starter fertilizer. A starter fertilizer will have a higher middle number (phosphorus). Phosphorus helps with root growth and development.
- Once you seed, you need to start watering, and watering, and watering. Keep new grass seed moist to help with germination. You can’t allow the new seed to dry out—not once—or the seed will die and won’t restart.
- This is NOT the time to apply a weed killer/preventer. Wait to do this until November, once the new grass seed has germinated, grown, and has been mowed a couple of times.
October (O) is next month and more important lawn care chores must be done.
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!!!