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Find out how to renovate your cool season lawn this fall

Find out how to renovate your cool season lawn this fall

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