Pool water is too cold; time for rye grass

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Pool water is way too cold now Pool water is way too cold now
Patchy Over Seeding Results (so far) Patchy Over Seeding Results (so far)
Left: Some of the rye is doing great! Right: What happened here? No rye; just Bermuda. Left: Some of the rye is doing great! Right: What happened here? No rye; just Bermuda.
Bonus Photo: Royal's Weather Station with mini rainbow Bonus Photo: Royal's Weather Station with mini rainbow
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It’s October and we’ve made the switch out of the pool, which thankfully we have, but is much too cold to swim in. This weekend the temperature of the water was around 78. No way.

So we’ve got the rye grass going so we can have a nice green space this winter for the dogs and rabbits. However, I’m not the best when it comes to putting in rye grass and, in fact, haven’t done it the past couple of years, saying I was "saving water." True. But I was also being lazy.

So, first they say scalp the lawn. I put the mower as low as it would go, but wouldn’t call it a scalping. And, no, I didn’t power rake it either. I put a lot of seed out with my little spreader, fertilized and threw some mulch around on the bare spots.

Finally, the watering commenced and shortly thereafter halted when my sprinkler timer broke. I put out the manual sprinkler and water two to three times a day, enough to keep the seeds moist.

Got the sprinklers fixed and now we’re back in business with one exception: I’ve got the most spotty results I’ve ever gotten. It some spots, the rye is over 4 inches tall. In others, there’s hardly any germination. I’m sharing the pictures because it’s sort of funny to me how badly I overseeded this year. I usually do better.

Bonus photo: While I was taking pictures the sprinklers popped on and I did the dramatic weather station in the foreground shot. I didn’t know there was a little rainbow in there until I got to work.

I hope your winter lawn is doing better. I'll be throwing more seed and mulch this weekend. Probably cleaning up the patio, too.

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