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Now Is The Time To Re-Seed Lawns

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With constant heat and little moisture, the summer was a brutal one.

However, it wasn't just us that had to sweat through the miserable months. Lawns struggled as well, with many left discolored and patchy.

Now with Fall just beginning, it's the perfect time to take steps to repair the destruction of mother nature.

Willard Friend is trying to repair the work of Mother Nature.

"Breaking up the thatch so the grass seed can get to the dirt and take root," said Friend. "Sorry looking lawn from all the drought last year and this year,"

He's decided now is the time to plant some seed, to hopefully have a better looking lawn come next year.

"I'm not a pro on this, I'm a working amateur," Friend said.

But the experts say he's on the right track.

"Right now is the perfect time for planting cool season lawns, primarily Fescue. Turf type Fescues get established nicely right now," said Marty Johnson, owner of Johnson's Garden Center.

Johnson says that with cool air temperatures but warm ground temperature, conditions are right for planting.

"This is a great time of the year for I guess kind of our second planting season," Johnson said.

But it's not just lawns that need attention this time of the year. It's also a good time to focus on flowers.

"Of course we have our spring flowering bulbs, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils that have to go in right now or this fall to bloom next spring," Johnson said.

Winter pansies can also be planted now to bring some color to our upcoming winter.

"They love this weather that we're gonna have and the cooler temperatures," Johnson said. "They'll be blooming even with snow on them."

Mums are also good ones to plant now, and while a majority of perennials are sold in the Spring, planting in the Fall can give you a jump-start.

"That over-wintering process on perennials really gives them an extra year or so," Johnson said. "If you're thinking about planting perennials, I would sure consider that with trees and shrubs the same way," Johnson said.

Friend is hoping that his decision to plant now will pay off.

"It's cool season grass and cool seasons coming on, so hopefully the grass will take off and get roots and be looking good next year," Friend said.

Marty Johnson says that this year some people decided that rather than spend hundreds of dollars each month watering their lawns, they would let the grass die, and re-plant.

If you're planning on doing the same, he says that now is the time to consider getting the re-planting process started.


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