I have always
been fascinated with words. I have begun to wonder why October is the tenth
month; shouldn’t it be the eighth? As I have come to realize, it used to be. It
was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name after
July and August (named after Julius and Augustus Caesar), were inserted into
the calendar. There’s more interesting facts about October. In non-leap years
October starts on the same day of the week as January, but no other month
starts on the same day of the week as October in leap years. October ends on
the same day of the week as February every year and January, in non-leap years.
In leap years, October starts on the same day as August of the previous year.
All I know is, October is the time to plant; pretty much anything. I talked about the benefits of fall tree planting last week; the same holds true for shrubbery and landscape plants. You can have excellent success planting these at any time of year, with proper watering habits. Establishing a lawn is a different story.
For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll deal only with cool-season grasses; primarily fescues. October is the month to get this task accomplished. Not November, October. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it is possible to have success, after October when overseeding. Statistically your odds greatly diminish. This fall season has gotten off to an early start. I don’t know if that means the window of opportunity will also close earlier, but it is something to consider. The point is: Don’t delay. Other projects can be quite forgiving time-wise, not so with cool-season grass germination.
To kick October off right and to get you started on fall turf projects around your home, we’re glad to have Drew Sullivan, local turf expert talk this Saturday in The GreenRoom at 10 am. Drew will discuss best practices for overseeding as well as total lawn renovation techniques. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited; contact Sara Bates to reserve your seat: 615.876.1014 or
Tailgate Central is going on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon; come see us!