When to overseed, Oct. 6, 2005

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

You'd think after five years of Peanut Festivals I'd have learned my lesson.

I overseeded rye about two weeks ago on what for about two weeks in early June was a Bermuda lawn before my neglect let it become weed-infested.

While it's been cloudy almost daily and looking like rain, nary a drop has fallen, I think, since I put the seed down.

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Over the weekend I was moving sprinklers around the yard but I've still not noticed a single blade.

Now, with Suffolk's premier event kicking off it's four-day run today, Patrick Rockey this morning told me expect rain today through Saturday.

The festival has been plagued by rain in recent years, which has drawn down attendance and caused no little bit of financial hardship. Last year, we got a reprieve with four days of wonderful weather.

Being somewhat civic-minded, I'd gladly sacrifice a green fall and winter lawn for four days of sun and peanut fun, but I'm not too hopeful.

Next year's Peanut Fest starts on Oct. 5. I'm putting my seed down Oct. 4.

If you have an umbrella, don't forget to visit the News-Herald's tent at the festival. We will have lots of Toys for Tots giveaways, be collecting Cheer Fund donations, offer half-price and free circulation specials and having a drawing for an IPod Nano.

See you there.