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Virginia Beach Fall Yard Tips

Here are some fall lawn-care tips for your cool-season fescue grass from Virginia Cooperative Extension:

You should have already aerated your soil so water and air get down to the root zones of your grass.

You also should have applied your first of three fall fertilizations.

Sow new grass seed by mid-October so there are
enough warm days for seed germination.

Tall fescue varieties tested for three years and recommended by Virginia Tech this year include: Apache II, Arid 3, Barlexas, Bonsai 2000, Bravo, Chapel Hill, Chinook, Coyote, Crossfire II, Duster, Dynasty, Empress, Falcon II, Finelawn Petite, Genesis, Gooden, Grande,Houndog 5, Jaguar 3, Leprechaun, Lion, Millennium, Mustang II, Olympic Gold, Pedestal, Pixie E+, Plantation, Rebel 2000, Rebel Jr., Rebel Sentry, Red Coat, Regiment, Rembrandt, Renegade, Reserve, Shenandoah, SShenandoah II,outhern Choice,SR 8300, Stetson, Tarheel,, Titan 2 Tulsa, Virtue, Watchdog,Wolfpack, WPEZE and Wyatt. Varieties tested for two years and considered promising include: Barerra, Barrington, Bingo, Crewcut II, Dominion,Durana, Endeavor, Gleneagle, Helix, Laramie, Masterpiece, Mustang 3, Picasso, Oncue, Onyx, Rebel Exeda, SR 8600, TF66 and Tuscany.

Now-Oct. 31: Apply your second fertilization, using 1 pound of
actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of turf.

Oct. 15-Nov. 15: Do your winter weed control. New grass should be mowed at least twice before you do the herbicide treatment. You want to control chickweed, German moss, henbit, dandelion, buttercup and other annuals. Use a combination of 2, 4-D and dicamba or mecoprop (MCPP). Do not use dicamba under the driplines of tender hardwoods such as dogwood. Read and follow directions on the chemical label.

Nov. 15-Dec. 15: Apply your third and final fertilization,
using 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.

Virginia Beach Fertalizing and Overseeding lawn benefits

Is there a "best time" to seed a lawn?

Actually, there are two good times. In late winter or early spring, as soon as weather permits, is one. Seeding of thin established lawns can even be done on frozen ground, where winter's freezing and thawing create a "honeycomb" effect in the soil, providing a good place for the seeds to lodge. For seeding new lawns, however, soil must be tilled and dry first.

The other good time to seed is in late summer or early fall—around Labor Day. Seed will germinate when daytime temperatures are consistently 68° to 85° F (soil temperature approximately 55°). Summer seedings, although not recommended, can be successful, provided you are able to keep the seedbed constantly moist by repeated waterings.

Homeowners overseed an existing lawn for two main reasons: To thicken and improve the appearance of a thin or patchy lawn, or to give winter color to a dormant southern lawn, such as a bermudagrass lawn.

Overseeding a thin or patchy lawn

Older lawns may need overseeding as a result of turf thinning from drought conditions, thatch, insect damage, or disease activity. Newer lawns may be thin as a result of seeding too lightly at first planting. Regardless of the reason, if your lawn is thin or patchy, overseeding can dramatically improve the appearance of the lawn without having to perform an entire lawn renovation. Follow these steps for a successful overseeding.

Overseeding is best done in spring or fall, when cooler temperatures and moisture prevail. Determine if thatch is a problem in the lawn. Dig up an area of turf. If the thatch (layer of dead roots and stems just below the green blades) is more than ½ inch thick, you should consider renting de-thatching equipment before overseeding. It is important to remove this layer so that the new seedlings will have an adequate soil layer in which to grow. De-thatching will also help your remaining turf to thrive by allowing moisture and nutrients to reach the grass roots.

Adding a layer of topsoil (top dressing) may be necessary before overseeding, especially if the presence of tree roots has resulted in an inadequate topsoil layer. Spread a thin layer of screened topsoil over the lawn, and rake it in. Never add more than 1/4 of an inch of topsoil, or you may smother the existing lawn. Scotts® Enriched LawnSoil® would be the perfect choice. It has the nutrients and soil mixture that grass seed needs for proper germination. Choose a grass seed type that is compatible with the conditions in your lawn. Once you have determined the right seed type, check the package for how much to buy for your lawn size. The package will give you recommendations for overseeding.

Cut the lawn slightly lower than normal the day before you overseed. If you only feed your lawn once a year, do it in the fall. See the Scotts Annual Lawn Care Program for the fertilizer that is right for your lawn. Now may be the right time to apply Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard™ in your area..

Heavy foot traffic lawns of bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass lawns should be aerated now while the grass is still growing. If leaves start falling, be sure to remove them from the lawn or mulch them with a mulcing mower. Leaves will block sunlight from reaching the grass blades so don't allow them to build up on the lawn. The fall months are a good opportunity to get a head start on spring weeds. Spot treat any weeds you see with Ortho Weed-B-Gone Weed Killer for Lawns or consider applying Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard™ with Plus 2 Weed Control to your lawn as your last application this fall. Killing weeds now keeps them from going dormant and reappearing next spring.

(Information aquired from www.Scotts.com Virginia
Beach Zip Code Area Public Information)

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