Posts Tagged ‘Fescue’

Starter Fertilizer – On Established Lawn

Q: Can I apply starter fertilizer to an established fescue lawn in February without hurting it? A: Sure – fescue can’t read the label on your fertilizer bags…and I promise to keep your secret. Typical “starter” fertilizers have a higher...

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Rye Grass- Planting

Q: Can I plant rye grass now? We are in the midst of re-landscaping our back yard and have a bunch of mud! Is it too late to plant or should I just spread a bunch of straw to help...

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Fescue- Summer Decline

Q: What are the physiological processes involved when fescue thins out during the summer in the heat and humidity in Atlanta? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz calls it “summer swoon of fescue”. Thinning is a survival mechanism caused by water...

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Fescue Lawn- Moss Combat

Q: I have approximately three thousand square feet of fescue lawn. It has lots of moss. I want to put eight hundred pounds of pelletized lime on it to combat the moss. Is that too much? A: I hope you...

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Gardening- Yard Maintenance

Q: I’m a new homeowner and don’t have any experience with gardening. I sodded bermudagrass but had some bare spots. In an attempt to fix the bare spots I accidentally seeded them with fescue. Now my yard looks pretty weird...

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Crabgrass- Prevention

Q: My have annual bluegrass in my fescue lawn. I know this weed can be prevented by applying a pre-emergent in fall. The problem with this is that I have to overseed fescue in September to correct dead spots. A...

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Aerate Bermudagrass- Growth

Q: Is it too late to aerate bermudagrass? We still have two months of growth left don’t we? A: Despite the current aboveground heat, when soil temperatures drop below 70 degrees, bermudagrass root growth ceases and aeration is no longer...

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Fescue- Liming

Q: Does fescue automatically have to be limed because it’s fescue? My brother doesn’t lime his fescue because he doesn’t have pine trees. He says pine needles are acidic and cause fescue to require liming. A: The only reason to...

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Bermudagrass- Removal

Q: We sodded our back yard with ‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass. There was a small area that contained bermudagrass. Despite constant pulling, the bermudagrass area is starting to grow. Can I do anything else to remove the bermudagrass ? A: Fenoxaprop (Bayer...

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Rainwater Collection – Benefits

Q: I’m trying to decide if collecting rainwater would benefit my lawn. How much water would I need to sustain a 4300 sq. ft. lawn? A: In my view, it isn’t worth collecting water to save a lawn. A lawn...

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Fertilizer – Summer heat

Q: Information I read says to use a fertilizer analysis with biggest number (nitrogen) first. Why would I not need to use products with second number (phosphorus) higher, so my fescue roots are deeper for the summer heat? A: It’s...

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Cool weather grass – Horses

Q: Can you suggest a cool weather grass for horses? I know Kentucky 31 is available but I’m wondering if there is something better that will tolerate the heat and drought. A: Fescue is usually the best choice for cool...

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Fertilizing – Drought

Q: Should we skip fertilizing our lawn this year since we are likely to continue our drought conditions? A: Don’t skip the lawn feeding. I am certain that rain will come this spring. All you have to do is time...

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Fescue Infestation – Getting rid of

Q: I accidentally seeded my lawn with fescue. I had a beautiful bermuda lawn and now the fescue is taking over. How can I get rid of it? A: The easiest thing would be to apply imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass)...

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Water conditions – Aerate soil

Q: I usually aerate and overseed my fescue lawn in the fall. With the current watering restrictions, is this still something I can do? A: Current water regulations allow you to water every other day. But for best germination, fescue...

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Mondo grass – Weed control

Q: I have a dry stream bed with stone and dwarf mondo grass that has some weeds in it. How do I control them? A: Imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass) kills many broadleafed weeds plus fescue, ryegrass and crabgrass. Sethoxydim (Vantage)...

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Wheat Sprouting in Fescue Lawn

Q: I planted seed three weeks ago. The grass has come up nicely but there are some tall sprouts that are twice as big as the rest of the grass. What are they? A: Did you use wheat straw to...

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“Shade Champ” Grass Seed

Q: My yard gets too much shade from oak trees. I’ve found “Shade Champ” grass seed for sale. It contains creeping red fescue, PennLawn red fescue, Chewings fescue and Pizzazz ryegrass. Can it really grow in Georgia? John Hibbard, Dunwoody...

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