Would You Like to Have a Beautiful Lawn?

— Written By and last updated by JoAnne Gryder

Most Wilkes County residents have their lawn established with cool season grasses like fescue or bluegrass. These grasses remain green throughout the winter and usually shut down during hot summer months. If you are looking to establish or reseed a cool season lawn, now is the time to get started.

The first decision to be made is what type of grass to sow. There are advantages and webtypesofgrassdisadvantages to different cool season grasses so you will need to do your homework to see which grasses suit your situation. You might even consider a blend of grasses like fescue and bluegrass.

When you purchase your grass seed, take a good look at the bag. Somewhere on the bag should be a statement of the percentage of weed contamination. You will want to make sure that the grass seeds you are buying have the least amount of weed contamination possible.

Next, you will want to prepare the site and soil for planting. Eliminate undesirable vegetation by pulling it up or spraying it with a weed killer. Make sure you read the label to determine how long you need to wait to sow your seed after the weed killer application. Some weed killers recommend you wait as long as 4 to 6 weeks after application.

It is important that you put the right amount of nutrients down and get the soil pH adjusted before you sow any seeds. The only sure way to do this is to take a soil sample and have it sent off for analysis.

From now until the beginning of September is the best time to sow your cool season turf. The Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service has an excellent guide on establishing and maintaining your lawn. The information can also be accessed on line at http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/

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Photo of Bill Hanlin, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Bill HanlinHorticulture Assistant (336) 651-7333 william_hanlin@ncsu.eduWilkes County, North Carolina
Posted on Aug 16, 2016
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