Splendor of the Grass—Lawn Care Tips

In the interests of the guys among us, my husband offers these Grass Tips for cool-season tall fescue lawns in the transition zone of North Carolina:
Fallgrass
• aeration and overseeding – core aerate and overseed with turf type tri-fescue blend used in transition zone of North Carolina at a rate of 8 to 10 lbs per thousand square feet
• water – keep seedbed/soil wet but not over saturated to point of standing water
• seed germination ¬– can take anywhere from five days for first sign of growth up to fourteen to thirty days to germinate
• first mowing after reseeding – make sure seedbed/soil is dry before mowing, always keep mower blade sharp-most importantly at this stage, and set mower on the highest setting
• apply starter fertilizer to stimulate seed germination, development and color
Winter
• most important fertilization time to promote root development in the transition zone of North Carolina
• late fall/early winter is when the lawn’s root system is most actively growing
• fertilize with 50% slow release and post emergent weed control to help thicken lawn, suppress spring disease issues and provide early green-up
Springlawnmower
• apply crabgrass pre-emergent fertilizer to green-up lawn and control weed germination
• spot spray germinated weeds by hand and repeat application in five to six weeks
• use a few drops of dish detergent in any liquid form of fungicide, pesticide or herbicide for an inexpensive sticker agent to keep treatment on blades of grass
• maintain mowing height at 3½” for optimum results, this will help soil retain moisture and keep sun from germinating weeds in among the grass
• the earlier you start mowing in the season the better weed control you will have
Summer
• apply last fertilizer treatment of the season in May with post-emergent weed control
• water lawn in early morning before evaporation is at a peak
• water deep and infrequently, not light and every day
• turf type tri-fescue lawns need one to one and a half inches of water a week
• a blue tinge to your lawn means lack of water/high humidity and lack of air circulation can lead to fungal diseases such as dollar spot and brown patch
• apply granular lime as needed in July based on local soil test recommendations

How’s your lawn looking? Any tips you’d like to share?lawncare

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