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I took a stroll through the store last night and was reminded that fall is just around the corner.

How is that, you ask?

Everything from coffee, cookies, and cereals all the way to air fresheners and body washes were flavored or scented in pumpkin spice.  Don’t get me wrong; pumpkin spice has its place, and many people swear by a hot pumpkin spice latte at their favorite coffeehouse, but man it feels a little early!

You know what’s not early?

Planning for overseeding if you have a fescue lawn.

Unlike warm season grasses such as Bermudagrass or Zoysiagrass, which spread on their own, Fescue requires overseeding to maintain thickness and density.  And a thick, dense lawn is your best defense against weeds throughout the year.

Fescue is a cool-season, clump type turfgrass, which performs best in cooler climates. However, it can be used in the transition zone for shaded areas, where warm-season grasses do not perform well.  Being a clump type turfgrass means that it does not develop its density from underground rhizomes or stolons on the surface.  Instead, it has to be seeded every year to help repair any damage from drought, disease, insects or heavy traffic.  Re-seeding, or overseeding, introduce new plants into the grass, which as they grow and mature, will develop into a thick, healthy lawn.

Fall is the ideal time for Fescue seeding.  Seeds planted in September and October have time to sprout and develop a robust root system before winter sets in, which is critical to a healthy plant.

Over the coming weeks, your Route Manager will be leaving behind information for fescue seeding. Our seeding operation consists of using a top-quality blend of fescue seed, with zero weed seed.  We aerate the soil, rake the bare areas, apply a starter fertilizer, and leave behind detailed watering instructions.  We also return in about three weeks after the overseeding to check for any bare areas and sow extra seed if necessary.

Call LawnAmerica today to make sure you reserve your spot on our schedule.  This way rather than spending your weekend behind a rake and an aerator, you can instead enjoy your pumpkin spiced oatmeal, while drinking your pumpkin spice coffee and enjoying the smell of your pumpkin spice scented candle.

Maybe we will jump on the bandwagon next year and have pumpkin spice coated fescue seed!

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