As we quickly approach the first day of October, the topic of winter lawns comes to the forefront. Ideally we want the night time temps to get down in the mid-60’s and that is usually about mid October. If you plan on planting a winter lawn, and you wanted a magic day, October 15 would be it. Until then, however you should start lowering the mowing height until about mid October you are basically scalping the lawn-DO NOT DETHATCH YOUR LAWN THIS TIME OF YEAR!!! Once the lawn has been mowed short enough the seed should be applied at about 10-15 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Apply a lawn starting fertilizer 6-20-20 is a good formulation and cover lightly with a seed cover (mulch,manure….) Keeping the seed moist is the key and biggest reason for failure. The Harper boys suggestion is 3-5 times daily, starting at about 9-10 am and running until around 2:30 or 3. That packs the watering into the warmest time of day and it will stay plenty moist all night. Water only long enough to get everything wet, but not puddle or run off. In 7-14 days you should see lots of green shoots. Continue to water heavily until the new lawn is evident, then cut back to once a day until first mowing.
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