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Old 02-09-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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The guy across the street from me takes really good care of his lawn. I'll ask him what kind of grass it is. He said he offered to help the previous owners of my lawn, even offered to aerate it when he rented the machine in the Falls, but the guy just didn't care.

Normally I wouldn't care so much about grass, but ours looks really really shabby.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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The guy across the street from me takes really good care of his lawn. I'll ask him what kind of grass it is. He said he offered to help the previous owners of my lawn, even offered to aerate it when he rented the machine in the Falls, but the guy just didn't care.

Normally I wouldn't care so much about grass, but ours looks really really shabby.
I have a pretty good idea what the lawn looks like. Mine had been neglected for ~10 years.

The fact is that you've got a lot of weed seed that will just keep coming up. Seeding it now will prevent you from having a mud hole when it rains, but it won't all make it through the summer. Just keep spraying, roughly once a month, until early September, then seed again.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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From what I understand, now is not the time to seed. Seeding takes place in the fall.

Time for put down pre-emergent. I might add that I had Killingsworth come in and take care of a mole problem in the yard! Never knew that moles were a protected species down here in NC.

Also, I am told that the Scott's products do not work as well as they did in the north. Great thread of information.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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From what I understand, now is not the time to seed. Seeding takes place in the fall.

Time for put down pre-emergent. I might add that I had Killingsworth come in and take care of a mole problem in the yard! Never knew that moles were a protected species down here in NC.

Also, I am told that the Scott's products do not work as well as they did in the north. Great thread of information.
Now is not the best time to seed, but it's better than having a mudhole all spring & summer when it rains.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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Now is not the best time to seed, but it's better than having a mudhole all spring & summer when it rains.

Which is a good reason for bermuda grass... better to track in brown grass in the winter when the kids don't go outside as much vs. tracking in red mud when they go outside everyday in summer
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Which is a good reason for bermuda grass... better to track in brown grass in the winter when the kids don't go outside as much vs. tracking in red mud when they go outside everyday in summer
Huh?

He said that his yard is a mess plus full of weeds. Apparently it needs seed. Better to throw some down now. He'll be killing weeds for months. He can decide what he wants to do in the fall, but this will help him for now.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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St. Augustine grass does a lot better here than Bermuda and it looks a lot better. It looks like real grass. It never has to be reseeded, it kills off crabgrass and other weeds, doesn't need much water in the summer, and is resistant to diseases. It's very common in the Carolinas, but not so much in Charlotte which still seems to obsessed with spending huge sums each year to try and get fescue/rebel to grow here.

Get one of the newer varieties such a Raleigh or Charleston grass.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:57 PM
 
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I will share a secret that I know works great to make your grass grow extra strong and dark green....Use some "17/17/17" fertilizer as soon as it starts to grow this spring.....This 17/17/17 stuff is used by soil bean farmers to get extra large harvest. It works great on grass
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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I will share a secret that I know works great to make your grass grow extra strong and dark green....Use some "17/17/17" fertilizer as soon as it starts to grow this spring.....This 17/17/17 stuff is used by soil bean farmers to get extra large harvest. It works great on grass
Here's something that agrees with you. Cleveland County*Center: News
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:50 AM
 
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st augustine is not grown much here because it does not work well in the clay. Once you get past rockingham and get into more of a sand based soil, then you can grow it.
Just remember if you want to grow zoysia then you will most likely have to sod. The last time i researched it was not available in seed.
One other problem with fescue is that brown patch is a big problem here in the summer. Brown patch has hit me the last 2 summers in a row.
You just need to ask yourself this question. Would you rather have a great looking lawn in the spring and fall or would you like to have a great looking lawn in the summer?
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