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Old 11-07-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Hello, I am fairly new to the upkeep on a lawn in nc. I just bought a house here in the Charlotte area and I believe have a mix of crabgrass and tall fescue. I was thinking about putting down seed (tall fescue probably), fertilizer, and lime. Is it too late in the fall to do this now? Any suggestions as this is my first home and I'm not familiar with lawn care. Should I wait untill after the winter is over and it is closer to spring?
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Weddington, NC
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Hello, I am fairly new to the upkeep on a lawn in nc. I just bought a house here in the Charlotte area and I believe have a mix of crabgrass and tall fescue. I was thinking about putting down seed (tall fescue probably), fertilizer, and lime. Is it too late in the fall to do this now? Any suggestions as this is my first home and I'm not familiar with lawn care. Should I wait untill after the winter is over and it is closer to spring?
When you say "a mix of crabgrass. . ." you realize crabgrass is a weed, right? And a dangerous, evil one for your lawn. I would recommend literally picking out as much of it as you can, and then aerate/overseed your lawn ASAP (It's close to being too late).

I highly recommend the Scotts website, where you can tailor your lawncare plan for climate and lawn type. www.scotts.com

Good luck!
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Thank You. Yeah, I realize about the crabgrass. While at lowes today I picked up some Scott's winterguard to put on the lawn but not any seeds since I was not sure timewise. I also got a spreader. I am checking out the Scott's page now. Thanks.
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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We have the same kind of lawn (lots of weeds) and aerated, mowed really short, and put down a mix of seed/lime/fertilizer about a week and a half ago... seedlings are just starting to emerge! Most of what I read recommended doing it earlier, but we gave it a shot and it seems to have worked.

I would do it soon though, it may be too late soon!
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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I believe anytime before we start having cold weather like in late dec will give the seed plenty of time to start some roots and be nice in the spring. Dont use much fertilizer or it may grow too much before Jan/Feb and may kill it.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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When should I start putting fertilizer and/or weed control on my lawn. It's still below the freezing point most of the nights, so I'm wondering, if it's still too early for that.
What do you guys do here in Charlotte?
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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When should I start putting fertilizer and/or weed control on my lawn. It's still below the freezing point most of the nights, so I'm wondering, if it's still too early for that.
What do you guys do here in Charlotte?
send me a direct message with your email address and i will send you a fertilizer schedule
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Just sent the schedule...assuming you have fescue grass.

Email is from yard.smart@hotmail.com
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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You should not see any crabgrass this time of year as it would have all died off last fall. This is the time of the year to put out pre-emergent so it won't be there next year, but don't do this if you are going to plant new seed. The pre-emergent will stop it as well.

I recommend that you don't bother with the fescue or rebel grasses, which most plant in Charlotte, but which are virtually unknown throughout most of the South south of here. I would go with a St. Augustine as it will take the heat much better and it requires a lot less maintenance and water. If you do go with the typical stuff however, don't spend a lot of money on it as it won't survive the summer here anyway because there won't be time for it to develop deep enough roots.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Stephen I sent you a dm, I'd appreciate the fertilizer schedule if you could send it to me. I didn't get to seed the end of last yr so I may put down some seed (Saint Augustine sounds good) and fertilizer. Should the seed be given a few weeks before fertilizer is put down?
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