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Archive date:  October 23, 2009

The Window to Turf Seed Germination is Closing

Great time and a great deal before colder weather arrives

The quick developing fall weather is bringing to a close the prime seeding season. A word to the wise: If you plan on new lawn establishment or overseeding, you need to get it done…immediately.

With the introduction of turf-type fescues, many homeowners are deciding to establish fescue lawns. Unlike traditional tall fescues (i.e. Kentucky 31), the newer turf-types, such as Gold Standard® have been bred for brown-patch resistance, a finer textured leaf blade, rich color, and shade tolerance. Best of all fescues do not have rhizomes so they won’t invade bedding areas. Preparation is the key to establishing a lush, weed-free fescue lawn. This is why it is important to do this now, as time is running out...

For new lawn establishment, you should use the recommended rate of 5 – 8 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. It is a good idea to spread half the seed in one direction and then the other half at a 90 degree angle to ensure uniform distribution. Rake the seed into the soil no more than ¼ inch deep. One very important step is to press the seeded area to firm the soil and establish good seed to soil contact. This can be done with a lawn roller available at your local equipment rental shop.

We have had the good fortune of getting regular rains. You may not need to water often, if at all. The idea is to keep the seed surface moist at all times but not soaking wet to the point of run-off. Once the seed has germinated, gradually reduce the frequency of watering and increase the duration to allow the water to seep deeper into the soil.

Once the grass has reached 3 inches it is alright to mow. Remember, tall fescues (including turf-type tall fescues) like to be tall so do not mow any shorter than 3 to 4 inches. One last note, hot dry summers can thin a fescue lawn and make it lumpy and susceptible to weeds. To keep the lawn lush and healthy, overseed every fall with about 2 to 3 lbs. of seed per 1,000 square feet. If you plan on overseeding, make sure to aerate first, this helps insure seed to soil contact.

BatesRewards Specials for Saturday October 24 & Sunday October 25: Get a 5lb. bag of Gold Standard Fescue plus a 25lb bag of Espoma Lawn fertilizer, regularly 44.98 for both $33.74 that’s 25% off, or get a 25lb. bag of Gold Standard plus 5 -25lb bags of Espoma Lawn fertilizer, regularly $204.99 for all, this weekend only, just $153.73 also 25% off.
In case turf is not in your plans, don’t feel left out, we are offering ALL trees at 25% off. There is no limit any tree, all sizes including Japanese Maples and Crepe Myrtles, all shade and ornamental trees or even if it has “tree” in the name…all at 25% off this weekend.

Weather looks great this weekend…come see us and save!

David Bates

p.s. oh by the way, Fox17 came out this week for the first “Big Freeze” report, if you would like to watch, here it is: http://cli.gs/W2d6n