Rescue Your Fescue Mark Blevins NC Cooperative Extension
Burning Questions
Picture the Perfect Lawn <ul><li>Thick and Green All Year </li></ul><ul><li>Never Needs Mowing or Irrigation </li></ul><ul...
What’s so great about grass? <ul><li>Aesthetic Value </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational Value </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Value...
Why go grassless? <ul><li>Less Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>More Wildlife Friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Fertilizer and...
My assumptions: <ul><li>You already have a lawn and live in this area </li></ul><ul><li>Your turf is suffering from the su...
Which Grass Is Best for Me? <ul><li>Cool Season </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall Fescue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kentucky Blue...
Consider the Following: <ul><li>Environmental Conditions  </li></ul><ul><li>Intended Use </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance You...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keeping Fescue Happy <ul><li>Healthy Grass is Happy Grass </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine helps </li></ul><ul><li>Mow it tall <...
Manage Weeds, Pests & Disease <ul><li>1 st  Step: Healthy Turf </li></ul><ul><li>Weeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadleaf </l...
Weed Examples <ul><li>Crabgrass </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preemergence herbicide between Forsythia and Dogwood bloom </li></ul...
Pests and Diseases <ul><li>Japanese Beetle Grubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grub control measures 2 weeks after adult populatio...
Rescue Your Fescue <ul><li>Figure out the problem(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare and amend the soil </li></ul><ul><li>Select...
Figuring Out Problems <ul><li>Dry and Sunny </li></ul><ul><li>Shaded and Short </li></ul><ul><li>Soil Problems </li></ul><...
Prepare and Amend the Soil <ul><li>Prepare Soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a core aerator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Till o...
Select and Sow Seed <ul><li>Selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Follow Up with Care <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily shallow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly deep </li></ul></u...
Go Rescue Your Fescue! Mark Blevins NC Cooperative Extension [email_address]
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    1. 1. Rescue Your Fescue Mark Blevins NC Cooperative Extension
    2. 2. Burning Questions
    3. 3. Picture the Perfect Lawn <ul><li>Thick and Green All Year </li></ul><ul><li>Never Needs Mowing or Irrigation </li></ul><ul><li>Weed Free </li></ul><ul><li>Repels Grubs, Bugs, Diseases and Dogs </li></ul><ul><li>You Need Astroturf </li></ul>
    4. 4. What’s so great about grass? <ul><li>Aesthetic Value </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational Value </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Value </li></ul><ul><li>Health Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Benefits </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why go grassless? <ul><li>Less Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>More Wildlife Friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Fertilizer and Water Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent Look Year Round </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Color Variation </li></ul>
    6. 6. My assumptions: <ul><li>You already have a lawn and live in this area </li></ul><ul><li>Your turf is suffering from the summer </li></ul><ul><li>You would like to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know which grass is best for your lawn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage weeds, pests and diseases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rescue Your Fescue </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Which Grass Is Best for Me? <ul><li>Cool Season </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall Fescue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kentucky Bluegrass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bentgrass </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warm Season </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bermudagrass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoysiagrass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centipedegrass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bahiagrass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Augustinegrass </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Consider the Following: <ul><li>Environmental Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Intended Use </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance You Can Provide </li></ul><ul><li>Pest and Disease Pressure </li></ul>
    9. 15. Keeping Fescue Happy <ul><li>Healthy Grass is Happy Grass </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine helps </li></ul><ul><li>Mow it tall </li></ul><ul><li>Soil Test </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilize fall & spring </li></ul><ul><li>1” of water weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Compaction is the silent killer </li></ul>
    10. 16. Manage Weeds, Pests & Disease <ul><li>1 st Step: Healthy Turf </li></ul><ul><li>Weeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadleaf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grasses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perennials </li></ul></ul>
    11. 17. Weed Examples <ul><li>Crabgrass </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preemergence herbicide between Forsythia and Dogwood bloom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Henbit and Chickweed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preemergence herbicide in September </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bermuda in Fescue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix Acclaim Extra and Turflon Ester and apply monthly in summer for 2 years or more </li></ul></ul>
    12. 18. Pests and Diseases <ul><li>Japanese Beetle Grubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grub control measures 2 weeks after adult populations are at their peak </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brown Patch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quit fertilizing after March </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thatch Problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prove it! </li></ul></ul>
    13. 19. Rescue Your Fescue <ul><li>Figure out the problem(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare and amend the soil </li></ul><ul><li>Select and sow seed </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with care </li></ul>
    14. 20. Figuring Out Problems <ul><li>Dry and Sunny </li></ul><ul><li>Shaded and Short </li></ul><ul><li>Soil Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Poor Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Compaction </li></ul><ul><li>Poor Selection </li></ul>
    15. 21. Prepare and Amend the Soil <ul><li>Prepare Soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a core aerator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Till or dig bare spots </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amend soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soil Test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fertilizer ½ rate9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lime </li></ul></ul>
    16. 22. Select and Sow Seed <ul><li>Selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mow & Sow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mow short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3-5#/M sqft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 directions </li></ul></ul>Not All Grass Seed is Created Equal!
    17. 23. Follow Up with Care <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily shallow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly deep </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fertilizer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Labor Day (split), Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mowing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall! 3.5 – 4 inches </li></ul></ul>
    18. 24. Go Rescue Your Fescue! Mark Blevins NC Cooperative Extension [email_address]

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