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Turf Renovation and Overseeding Tips from Central

It's time to start planning for fall turf renovation season. Stressed summer lawns can be revitalized with fall seeding. It is particularly helpful for lawns with poor turf quality or bare patches.

Don't miss your chance to help customers renovate their lawns now. Central is offering stock up savings on seed, fertilizer and other supplies for turf renovation projects.

Maximize Seed Success: When overseeding and renovating, mechanical cultivation provides many benefits:

  • Reducing the amount of thatch accumulation at the soil/turf interface
  • Improving air movement and water infiltration into the root zone
  • Improved water absorption. More efficient water utilization and reduced runoff
  • Provides an environment for seed to germinate and new seedlings to prosper
  • Prior to mechanical cultivation of turf, don't forget to locate any underground obstruction including irrigation heads and valve boxes, drainage, invisible fence for pets, wires or conduit that is less than 4 inches below the surface

    Buy Great Seed: evaluate the label closely and demand "Germination" above 75%, "Other Crop Seed" less than 0.5%, "Weed Seed" less than 0.5%, "Noxious Weeds" zero. Central seed meets these important criteria.

    Use a Starter Fertilizer: Central has the ideal starter fertilizer for our area in-stock.

    Water Newly Seeded Areas: 2-3 times during the warmest part of the day during the first 2 weeks. After that, follow the normal irrigation cycle with a minimum of 1-2 moderate weekly waterings.

  • Plan for Fall Fertilizer for Cool Season Turf

  • Fall is the most important time of year to fertilize cool season turf. It aids turf in recovering from summer stress, building essential carbohydrate reserve and regenerating healthy root and shoot growth.
  • Use a fertilizer that contains a reliable slow release nitrogen source like MESA.
  • The first fall application is often timed to coincide with the first signs of cooler weather in September.
  • Follow up the first fertilizer application with a second application (called dormant feed) that is typically applied within 2 weeks after the last mowing of the season
  • Plan for Fertilizer in Warm Season Turf

  • Warm season grasses respond well to being fertilized regularly throughout the warmer months (generally April through September)
  • As cooler weather arrives, curtail fertilizer applications
  • If desired, Fall is a good time to apply a granular premergent herbicide to aid in control of winter annual weeds such as Chickweed, Hop clover, Carolina geranium, Henbit, Spurweed and annual bluegrass. Barricade is very popular and works well when applied in October or November. This keeps unsightly weeds from invading through the late winter months and leads to a better stand of desirable turf come springtime.