Lawn Care

Lawn Care Calendar (Calendars) and Factsheets

Knowing that a piece of paper in your hand is much more helpful than a computer screen in the house, I have compiled basic cultivation information and care calendars for each of the common lawn grasses. You can get and...

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Lawn – Carbon Sequestration

One of the big areas of study right now is how we can decrease the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere. One of the strategies is to increase the amount of carbon held (sequestered) in the soil. You...

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Lawn – Watering Correctly

Your goal is for the lawn to receive enough water to keep the soil slightly moist in the upper six inches of soil. Lawns do best when they are soaked once per week and then allowed to dry between waterings....

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Zoysia – Variety Lineage

Zoysiagrass is an excellent lawn grass for Georgia but there is much confusion over the different varieties. Dr. Tim Bowyer, with Patten Seed, made a reference table for me to sort out the lineage of the different zoysia...

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Lawn – Weed Control Basics

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

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Zoysia Species and Variety Names

I often become confused when trying to remember all of the different zoysiagrass species and varieties. Fortunately, my friend Tim Bowyer from Patten Seed Co. did some research and sent it to me. Now you too can have the benefit...

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Fescue – Crabgrass Control with Siduron

Q: Can you explain how a fertilizer/pre-emergent combination using the chemical siduron can control crabgrass seed germination and not fescue? A: University of Georgia weed expert Tim Murphy says: Siduron belongs to the urea herbicide family. Most members of this...

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Lawn – Fertilizing in Winter

Q: My lawn company wants to apply urea fertilizer to my bermuda lawn in January. Isn’t this too early? A: UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says: It’s best to withhold any nitrogen application to warm-season turfgrass species until soil temperatures...

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Fescue FAQ

Fall is the best season to plant fescue seed. Nights are cool, days are warm….and best of all, you don’t have to sweat as much as you work! I’ve assembled some of my most helpful pages of fescue planting information:...

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Lawns – Planting from Seed

If you have a lawn, you want it to look nice….but you also don’t want to spend a fortune getting it established. For this reason, many homeowners decide to plant a lawn from seed. The process is do-able by one...

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Fescue – Summer Decline

Fescue lawns can look devastated in the summer. I often see brown, lifeless patches in front of homes across the region. While extreme summer daytime heat is partly to blame, a less noticed factor is also at play: high night...

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Zoysia – Watering

The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

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Turfgrasses – Selection

There are usually several varieties of each turfgrass from which to choose. Which is the best for your situation? The information below, taken from a University of Georgia publication should help. COOL SEASON GRASSES Cool-season grasses grow well during the...

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Centipede – Fertilizing

Centipedegrass is a warm season grass. It does its productive growth between April and September. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be done in the late spring, after green-up and in mid summer. The amount of fertilizer to apply should...

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Zoysia – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

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Bermuda – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

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Lawn Fertilizer – Choosing

My son came home the other day complaining about his math assignment. “Why do I have to solve all these word problems?” he protested. “I’ll never need this long division when I grow up. I’ll use a calculator!” I thought...

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Fescue – Fertilizing

Fescue grass is a cool-season grass. It does the majority of its productive growth between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be concentrated in the fall, winter and early spring. The amount of fertilizer to apply should...

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