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Fescue Care and Maintenance

The most important part of managing a fescue lawn is providing fertilizer and preventing disease, insects and weeds. The premium program listed below will provide all the essential elements that your lawn requires in a season to grow healthy. In recent years, there have been many advancements in tall fescue seed. There are many varieties in the market today all of which will produce a beautiful, lush green lawn. Carolina Fresh Farms has developed two new seed blends. These seed blends are; Carolina Fresh Supreme and Carolina Fresh Blue II, available in most Carolina Fresh stores.

Seasonal Maintenance for Fescue

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SPRING

March 1 - March 15

16-0-8 .38% Barricade - Prevents summer weeds such as crabgrass.

May 1 - May 15

19-0-6 Confront 3/Dimension - Helps with providing nutrients needed for your lawn.

May 15th

Aloft Insecticide - Prevents damage from insects and other pests.

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SUMMER

June 1 - June 21

Fungicide (Any) - Prevents brown patch disease.

June 21 - July 7

6-1-11 7% Fe - Produces green color w/out flushing top growth late in the season. Fungicide (Any) - Prevents brown patch disease.

August 1 - September 1

Soil Samples - Take soil sample to test for pH as well as fertility levels of your lawn.

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FALL

September 15 - September 30

Patch grass with Carolina Fresh Blue II Blend Seed. Fertilize with 16-25-12 w/ MESA - Provides phosphorus to promote quick rooting.

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WINTER

All Winter

No major maintenance required in the winter.

Maintenance Tips for Fescue

Mowing

One of the principle keys to maintaining a healthy fescue lawn is proper mowing. Due to the high humidity and temperatures in the transition zone, it is mandatory that a fescue lawn be mowed no closer than 3 ½ inches during the summer months. If you desire, the lawn may be mowed as close as 2 inches during the fall and winter.

Watering

Your lawn requires 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week during the growing season. Irrigation of the lawn should be performed in the early hours of the morning just before daylight. This practice will avoid any rapid evaporation of water before it reaches the lawn; yet allow the leaf tissue to dry quickly after the sun rises. Do not water your lawn every morning for short intervals. This process will only encourage shallow root growth. Instead, water your lawn for long periods two to three times a week.

Aeration

Aeration has two purposes. The first is to simply loosen the soil. The second is to prune the roots. Core aeration is the recommended method and should be performed every 2 years on a typical home lawn during the growing season. If your lawn receives heavy foot traffic, it would be advisable to aerate every year. Aeration should be performed during the growing season of the turf.

Soil Basics

A practical understanding of your soil is essential in managing your lawn. Soil pH is perhaps the most crucial element. Most turf grasses perform best when the soil pH falls between 6.3 and 7.0. We recommend that a soil test be performed annually to check the pH values as well as other nutrient levels within the soil profile. Any Carolina Fresh Farms Turf Center will be happy to send your soil samples to a soil testing laboratory free of charge. All you need to do is bring in 2 - 3 cups of soil into the Carolina Fresh Farms outlet and we'll be able to help.

Specialty Products

Verde-Lawn Hydro: Improves calcium availability in the soil and in the plant while providing improved soil moisture retention. When applied at a rate of 10 pounds per 1000 sq ft, Verde-Lawn Hydro will raise the soil pH in most soils up to one full point. Headway: Controls a wider range of diseases than any other currently registered product, including dollar spot, brown patch and all other major turf diseases. Pillar G: Combination of two effective ingredients to control and prevent numerous turf diseases. Eagle: Excellent long-term preventative control of most diseases in turf.

Fire Ant Control

If you are experiencing fire ant problems within your lawn, please contact someone at your local Carolina Fresh Farms. There are many ways to control these insects within your lawn.

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