With summer winding down and fall right around the corner, we are starting up our fall fescue seeding program and sending out the seeding crews this week. The window for this service generally falls between mid-September to mid-October. That allows the seed to germinate and grow some before winter sets in. The more time the seed has to get established this fall, the better it will look come springtime and survive in the summer heat. If you are considering this service, don’t wait until the end of the season to pull the trigger, the earlier in the window you get it done, the better your results will be.
Our mission at LawnAmerica is to give our customers all of the benefits of having a healthy, green lawn without having to spend the time and money it would take to DIY. Out of all of our services, Tall Fescue Seeding requires the most help from you the customer to ensure great results. Once we aerate, prepare the soil, and get the seed and liquid starter fertilizer in the ground, we leave specific and easy to follow watering instructions for you to follow to maximize your results. Requiring the seed bed to be moist for the first 10 days or so, and making sure that it is not allowed to dry out is the most essential step in the process. We recommend watering your new seed three times a day for about 15 minutes. The easiest way to do this, is to set your sprinkler system and let it do the work for you. For those that don’t have an irrigation system in place, it can be a little trickier, you can find timers for outdoor water faucets and set up sprinklers in your lawn to help if you are not able to water during the day. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to get a little help from Mother Nature like we have this week, and the good news is that it’s hard to over water during those crucial first 10 days.
At around the three or four-week mark, we return to check on your seed and make sure everything is germinating and growing appropriately, adding any seed if and where needed. One common concern we get from customers is that their seed appears to be coming in too thin. Most of the time, the concern is unfounded. When Fescue seed first begins to peek through the moist (hint-hint) soil, the blades are thin and spaced out a little wide. This is completely normal and ideal. It is not going to come in like the green shag carpet our grandparents used to have in the 70’s. To fully develop into a full and thick turf, the seeds need space to grow and nutrients from the soil. We’re careful not to put down too many seedlings too close together because they will end up competing for the nutrients and water resulting in your turf not having the developed root system needed to survive next spring and summer. I promise, next spring, the blades will grow thicker and healthier and if properly maintained, your lawn will fill out and look great.
The bottom line here is that we need your help with the seed process. We want the best possible results for you and your lawn. As long as we are able to work together, manage our expectations and follow the watering schedule, your lawn will be thick and healthy come spring time! If you haven’t already scheduled your Tall Fescue Seeding with us, just give us a call or click here for a free estimate. We’ll get any questions you have answered. Remember, the sooner, the better!