The drive into the office took a bit longer this morning. School buses took their rightful place in the morning traffic, picking kids up and dropping them off for the start of another school year. This familiar sight is just another reminder that summer is winding down and fall is right around the corner.
With the impending change in seasons on the horizon, it is time to start planning to overseed your Fescue lawn. Unlike warm season grasses such as Bermudagrass or Zoysiagrass, which spread on their own, Fescue requires overseeding to maintain thickness and density.
Fescue is a cool-season, clump type turfgrass, which performs best in cooler climates. But 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, introduces 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 strong 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 thin areas and apply extra seed if necessary.
Call LawnAmerica today to make sure you reserve your spot on our schedule. It does fill up quickly.
Also, look out for those school buses and school zones!