When is the best time to plant grass seed?
When and how much should I fertilize my lawn?
You should ask yourself, “How much care do I wish to provide?” Most home lawns contain grasses such as Tall Fescue which require approximately 3-3.5 lbs. nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. per year to maintain a healthy, dense lawn; therefore, lawns should be fertilized 4 times per year.
The early spring application may be combined with a pre-emergent crabgrass control if desired. The late spring application could be a weed and feed rather than straight fertilizer if necessary. If an application had to be omitted, the lawn would survive with 3 lbs. nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. per year and be applied as three fertilizer applications. (The late spring application could be omitted.)
How long will it take my grass to grow?
Tall Fescue should germinate within 7-14 days. All dates for germination are approximations. Optimum germination is affected by climatic factors such as ambient air temperatures, light conditions, soil temperatures and available water. The most common problem affecting germination is the lack of, or too much, available water.
How often should I water my lawn?
During Germination, (approx. 2 weeks) we recommend you water the lawn for 20 min every day. The top of the lawn should moist though out this period. After establishment, try to maintain a regular watering pattern taking into account the current weather patterns.
What if I just applied a weed and feed?
You need to refer to the product label as times can vary. Never aerate and seed right after an application of weed and feed. The chemicals are too strong for the seeds survival.
Why do you core aerate?
A core aeration produces holes and plugs that create a soil contact environment for the seed to germinate. This soil contact for the seed produces a higher germination rate. In addition, a core aeration reverses clay soil compaction and promotes deep healthy root growth.
When should I apply lime?
When is the best time of day to water?
Should I remove grass clippings when I mow?
Frequent mowing keeps the clippings small enough so that they do not need to be removed during the mowing process. Actually, allowing the clippings to remain on the lawn helps recycle nutrients back to the living grass plants. If the grass becomes quite long between mowings (possibly due to a prolonged wet spell), it is best to remove the clippings until a regular mowing practice can be resumed. Large clumps of grass clippings sitting on the lawn surface can kill the living grass underneath. If the clippings cannot be spread out and allowed to dry, they should be removed.