Well the kids are back in school and it’s time to see how my lawn survived the summer! As I inspect the damage from four kids and 3 rambunctious mutts, led by Clover the ringleader (I do mean the ring of dead grass from the trail they have wore out). With all of the rain we have had this summer, it has been tough summer on the lawns in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and the rest of the triad North Carolina. Most of our lawns are a cool season grass called tall fescue. The one good thing about tall fescue is it is the most drought tolerant cool season grass and will generally survive most summers. Now the one downfall of tall fescue is it is a bunch type grass which basically means it doesn’t have the ability to fill in its damaged areas and has to be reseeded to replenish thin, bare and weakened areas. Diseases such as brown patch have added to the traditional attrition from heat stress, traffic, weed infestations and add up to what we consider normal annual loss of about 10-15%. Reseeding your lawn in the fall is a crucial part of any good turf management plan. It can also do more harm than good, cost money for nothing, and cause your lawn a slow death if not done the proper way. I will be giving tips over the next few weeks on how to make the most out of your fall seeding window! To get started, I have posted a great video that our general manager Scott Reece made, while training our field managers. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to ask any questions you may have about how you can “Love Your Lawn Again”
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