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Old 04-07-2011, 07:23 PM
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Can anyone tell me when the best time to plant grass is and maybe the best way to go about doing it. i have a natural area that i am going to be taking up and want to put grass down.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:55 PM
Location: NC, USA
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Put down your lime and fertilizer first, then put down the grass seed, you should be doing this NOW!! You really want the next rain to swell the seeds out for ya. Go to your local Southern States and get a spreader, fertilizer, lime, seed, the spreader doesn't care what it is spreading around, no need to go fancy unless your yard is more than an acre. My yard is about 2.5 acres cleared, another 9 acres heavily wooded w/creek, and I just use the standard ole spreader, spend money on good fertilizer (you probably have the same red clay I do, use 10-20-20) and lime and high grade seed. Spread seed just before the predicted rain arrives, Only water it in the evening. Invest in a medium grade slingshot to chase the birds away from your seeds. You don't have to aim at them, just scare them off. One other thing, the folks at Southern States know how to answer a question without making you feel dumb, the ones here in Mebane are quite friendly and enjoy being helpful.

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:14 AM
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^ Good advice, except it's almost hopeless to get a lawn started from seed at this time of year. It just gets too hot too quickly in most parts of NC, and your new grass will burn up/dry out in no time unless you keep lots and lots of water on them. Much better to wait until the fall--if you do it now you'll like be doing it again the fall anyway.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:31 AM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Fall gets my vote! Even though I am in the northern midwest, I don't have luck in the Spring but do great with it in the Fall.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:15 AM
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I am in Raleigh as well. We are switching our sod from fescue to zoysia and it was recommended to us that we put it down anytime from now to no later than June to give it time to establish a root system before the heat comes. I am not sure about seed.
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:06 PM
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Moreover, if you seed in Fall, your new grass will get less competition for air/food from the weeds !
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:17 PM
Location: In the AC
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We always put down real soil in NC first. Most of our landscape budget goes into soil and soil amendments. We've had both fescue and bermuda and do very little watering once they were established. The advice above is all good. But, fixing the soil first will make starting and maintaining a yard much easier.
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