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GREENSCAPE GARDENS IS DONATING $1.00 TO THE RED CROSS HURRICANE KATRINA FUND FOR EVERY RETAIL 2 GALLON MUM PURCHASED DURING SEPTEMBER. TO DATE WE HAVE DONATED OVER $1200.

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FALL LAWN IMPROVEMENT BY OVERSEEDING

The density of many lawns can be improved by introducing seed into the lawn and allowing these plants to germinate. The optimum time to seed cool-season turfgrasses is in September.

• Mow the area to 1 or 1.5 inches to reduce competition from established grasses.
• Apply a starter fertilizer over the entire lawn.
• Multiple aeration of the area. This will increase the seed-soil contact and improve germination and establishment rate. You can never over-aerify at this time, so make many passes over the lawn. A power raking at this time will also help to increase the seed-soil contact.
• Apply the seed to the lawn with either a broadcast spreader or a power overseeder which is a machine that will drop the seeds into small grooves that it cuts into the soil. Try to make 2 to 4 passes over the lawn in different directions with either the broadcast spreader or the power overseeder to insure a uniform seeding. Apply turf type fescue at a rate of 5# of seed per thousand square feet for overseeding. Bare ground seeding apply at a rate of 12# per thousand square feet.
• Water the newly-seeded area three to four times daily. Light, frequent irrigation is the rule.
• Mow frequently to limit the competition from the established turf. Mow at 2.5 inches until new seedlings have been cut at least two times. A normal mowing height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches should be maintained once the seed is established.
• Six weeks after germination, apply Fertilome fertilizer with Iron. An additional application of winterizing fertilizer should be applied in early November.

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