I'm really starting to stress about this drought. We haven't had rain in weeks. I have about a 50/50 ratio of customers who have irrigation systems and those that do not. Some of my irrigated yards are even hurting. I saw some huge cracks today in one of my yards and I've seen many trees and bushes starting to wilt. I've re-scheduled aeration and seeding on some customers more than once. I'm getting calls from customers concerned about their turf. This is my first full year and I have learned a good lesson. Educate the customer up front not at the time of the issue. I'm not sure why people do not understand that the grass will not grow without water! I applied my September fertilizer last week when there was a rain threat. The rain never came. A few of my yards may have some fert. burn along with the drought stress. Will these lawns recover ? How much rain do they need ? I'm counting on going into mid October with my seeding. We use tall fescue here in mid North Carolina. Thankfully I have some customers who are watering heavily before I get there to seed or aerate. Some are just waiting on the rain. I guess I need Ray's aeravator. I'm just using my ryan aerator now and I till up bare spots with my tiller. I have considered renting a slit seeder. The big companies around here are not slowing down. Does a slit seeder work okay on hard ground? (clay) Can you rent an aeravator? What do you guys do when you have no rain during seeding season? Do you wait on mother nature or do you change your methodology. Like I said, some of the big companies around here are not slowing down. They are aerating and pulling 1/4 inch plugs or they are slit seeding in a pile of dust.