What’s All This Rain Good For?

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With the record-setting amounts of rain, we’ve had in the past few weeks keeping lawns cut has been challenging. But with all this rain there are many benefits, soft soil being one. September and October are the prime months to core aerate and oversee your lawn. Core aeration and overseeding provide visible benefits to your lawn above ground and stimulate root growth below the soil. By aerating the lawn, you are breaking up compaction in the soil which allows water and air to move about, stimulating lawn roots. Aeration also breaks up any thatch that has accumulated throughout the growing season. After aeration, it is best to overseed with a Tall fescue mixture. Be sure to check where your seed comes from, the germination rate, and the Weed Seed Percentage. Seed should be spread at approximately 5 pounds per 1000 square feet, 7-8 pounds per 1000 in bare areas. Grass seed will need 1.5- 2 inches of watering per week and you should see germination (growth) in 2 weeks’ time.