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Turf Type Tall Fescue is a Cool Season Grass.  Zoysia and Bermuda are summer grasses - thriving in hot summer months.

      Sod requires 3 elements to survive: Sun - Water - and Nutrients.  Whether newly installed or established all grasses need these. All the sod Brookmeade grows is sun loving, requiring 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight. If there is shade it is better to get shade from the house vs. the trees. Trees and grass compete for the 3 elements and the trees win. The first 2 weeks of care for newly installed sod needs to be watched closely. Watering is based on temperature, when temperatures are between 32° - 60° the sod only needs to be watered every other day. It is important to measure the amount of water put on the grass. Using a rain gauge or measuring cup, measure 1/2 inch of water each time. It is best to water in the morning, to wash the dew off and to have the entire day to absorb. When temperatures are between 60°-85° then the sod needs to be watered daily, again 1/2 inch of water each time. When temperatures are above 85° you need to water 2x a day. Established lawns require 1 ½ inches of water a week. Use some form of measuring the amount of water, such as a rain gauge, tuna can or measuring cup. A rain gauge is great because Mother Nature may help with the process! See Care Guide under Maintenance - or call our office. The nutrients are in the soil. The better the soil the better your grass will grow and thrive.

    Fertilization -  It is important to remember to apply the right time of year. Use the SOD method of application. Once sod has rooted remember to fertilize in September, October and November or December.  Applying fertilizer in November or December will help the sod "green up" in the spring. Many want to skip this step because the grass is already looking good in December. Then in the spring  complaining that the grass isn't as green as others.  

    Crabgrass is always a problem in our area. It is produced each year from the seed of last year's plants. The seeds come from anywhere and everywhere, so it is necessary to treat each year - even if you didn't have problems last year. The best way to control crabgrass is to prevent the seeds from successfully germinating; therefore it is important to apply the control at the proper stage of germination. In our area, around March 1st, the best time to apply the crabgrass control is when the forsythia  is fully bloomed.

"Pre-Emergence Crabgrass Control" product is what is needed.  There are several products that are well suited for preventive measures to treat for Crab Grass. Follow the directions on the package; you may need to reapply in 2 weeks if a 2nd application is recommended.  Brookmeade recommends the following products (all include fertilization needed for spring)

Southern States: "Early Spring Lawn Food with Crab Grass Control"                                                                    

Lowes: Scott's "Spring Turf Builder with Halt's Crab Grass Preventive"

              Pennington's "Crab Grass Preventive and Fertilizer"  

To help keep lawns Crab Grass free during the summer months it is important to practice good lawn care procedures.  Healthy grass does not provide bare areas where Crab Grass can germinate.

Keep Fescue Tall - mowing height should be 2" plus. Water regularly - grass needs 1.5 inches per week to thrive. Be alert for signs of disease and use fertilizer and lime accordingly. One of the greatest causes of Crab Grass is scalping the lawn - cutting too short.  High, strong thick grass does not allow Crab Grass to germinate.

 

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