Lawn Care

Fescue Lawn Looking Yellowish

Q: I aerated, overseeded, and scattered starter fertilizer and lime on my fescue lawn in early October. It’s up and growing well but the nice dark green color is now looking a bit yellowish.  A: Your fescue is famished! Normal...

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Dry Soil And Cold Weather – Should I Water My Lawn Now?

Q: I am concerned about dry soil and cold weather. Would it be helpful to water my lawn now? I have bermuda, centipede and some fescue.  A: I can’t think of how watering would help dormant grass unless it was...

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Moisture Meters – What Is The Range Needed For Fescue Grass

Q: I seeded fine fescue in September and the lawn looks great. When using a LusterLeaf moisture meter, what is the range needed for watering fescue grass?  A: Inexpensive moisture meters like this are not really designed for use outdoors....

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Clovers On My Fescue Lawn – How To Get Rid Of Them?

Q: I followed your directions on reseeding a fescue lawn and it turned out lush and beautiful. The only problem I have is that clover is all over. Should I use a weed and feed to eradicate it?  A: The...

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Bermuda Grass – How To Fix Deep Gashes From Falling Limbs

Q: I recently had two trees cut down. Falling limbs damaged my bermuda grass by leaving a couple of deep gashes four inches deep and eighteen inches long. How do I repair this?  A: Try the lift and fill method....

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Best Tall Fescue Grass Seed To Use?

Q: What is the best tall fescue grass seed to use?  A: Your best choice is to use a blend of the improved turf-type fescue hybrids. Pennington Blend, Rebel Supreme and Atlanta Blend are common at garden centers. I don’t...

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Soil Conditioner Was Not Mixed Properly In Fescue Sod – Will Sod Root Through Conditioner?

Q: I hired a company to install fescue sod. I asked them to mix soil conditioner into the soil as they prepared. They raked the soil conditioner over the soil but didn’t really mix it in. Is the sod going...

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How Long Should I Wait To Spray Weed Killer After Seeding The Fescue Lawn? 

Q: I reseeded my fescue lawn and the new grass is coming up really good. There are a lot of weeds also coming up with the new grass. How long should I wait to spray weed killer after seeding the...

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Can I Get Away With Not Scalping My Bermuda Lawn?

Q: I have a large and beautiful bermuda lawn. I typically scalp it in spring. Can I get away with not scalping? It’s a pretty daunting job at my age. A: Plenty of bermudagrass lawns go without scalping in spring...

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What Is The Best Height To Mow Centipede And Bermuda Grass?

Q: What is the best height to mow centipede and bermuda? I generally mow them at 3 1/2″. A: Both centipedegrass and bermudagrass do best when mowed around 1 1/2″ – 2″ high. When you mow higher, the grass won’t...

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Bermuda Lawn – I Put A Double Dose Of Pre-Emergent In September

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. I did not put out a pre-emergent in spring, hence I’ve got lots of weeds. I’ve put out a double dose of pre-emergent in September.  A: This is a situation where reading the label...

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Mondo Grass – Cutting and Fertilizing

Q: Are you supposed to cut mondo grass? How frequently do you fertilize and with what?  A: Mondo grass makes a very nice evergreen, shade tolerant, grass-like groundcover. The only time I might mow it is when it’s had freeze...

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Bermuda Grass – Should I Leave It Higher Than In The Summer?

Q: As fall begins, do you recommend leaving the height of my bermuda grass a little higher than how I have cut it all summer? A: Your instincts are good. Giving the grass increased height now will help protect it...

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Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

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How To Save Fescue In The Summer

Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

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Centipede Grass Turning Red

Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

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Fescue Lawn Weeds – Should I Switch To Zoysia?

Q: For the past three years I’ve battled weeds in my fescue lawn. I’m considering tilling or aggressively aerating next spring and sowing zoysia. The lawn gets at least 6 hours of mostly full sun. A: Zoysia could be a...

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Fescue Lawn – Getting Rid Of Violets

Q: Violets appeared in my back yard two years ago and have taken over. How can I get rid of the violets and reseed my fescue lawn? A: I’ve had great success controlling violets in a fescue lawn by using...

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