Your lawn is the largest area of plants you have in your landscape. Little grass plants can be quite the chore to get established. The smell of fresh mown grass or the sight of bright green stripes in a freshly mowed lawn are just some of the joys your lawn brings to your home. With proper care, your lawn can be a beautiful green expanse surrounding your landscape beds. Below are some tips for keeping your lawn green year round.
For New Lawns
1.) If possible, 4 to 6 weeks before seeding, have a soil test done to determine the pH and fertility of your soil. We have test kits available or you can contact your local agricultural extension agent. Follow the soil test recommendations and adjust soil as needed. 2.) Rake area to remove debris, rocks, roots, and junk and smooth out area to be seeded. Be sure that the water drains away from your house, sidewalks and driveway. 3.) Use 10 lbs of seed per 1000 sq. feet of area. After the seed is down, use 10 lbs of 6-12-12 fertilizer per 1000 sq feet of seeded area. Cover with a single layer of wheat straw. Water lightly, if no rain, 2 to 3 times a day for 2 weeks or until the grass comes up. 10 weeks after seeding, apply 10 lbs 10-10-10 fertilizer per 1000 sq ft.
Established Fescue Lawns
1.) In March when the forsythia bushes bloom yellow, apply a crabgrass pre-emergent to kill annual weed seeds like crabgrass. In May, weed and feed early in the morning on a sunny day to kill out young weeds before they try to take over your lawn. InSeptember, aerate your lawn after a rain or a good watering. Apply seed at 5 lbs per 1000 sq. feet. Fertilize at 10 lbs per 1000 sq feet with 6-12-12. In November, add 10 lbs of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 1000 sq feet.
Use hulled Bermuda seeds. Plant in June to August. Likes full sun and grows fast. You will need 1 to 2 lbs of seed per 1000 sq feet of area to be covered.
Lime should only be used when a soil test indicates that the pH level of your lawn drops below 6.0 on the scale. Not knowing the pH and just adding Lime could damage your lawn.