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TALL FESCUE (COOL SEASON) LAWN PROGRAM


STEP 1                                FEB/MARCH

TEST YOUR SOIL AND DESIGN AN ANNUAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 

FEB 1-MARCH 31

Let us help you create a Healthy Lawn Maintenance Program designed for your lawn by starting out the year with a soil test. Why guess what may or may not be best for your lawn and spend extra money when you could depend on a soil test and assistance from the Healthy Lawn Team for professional advice and planning. SOIL TEST: Pull approximately 1 pint of soil from 3 separate locations in your lawn. Take the soil from the top 3 in. of your soil samples. Mix all 3 samples and bring to the Healthy Lawn Center or a local cooperative extension offices.

RECOMMEND:  DEPENDS ON YOUR SOIL TEST RESULTS(LIME, ACIDIFIER AND OTHER NUTRIENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS TBD)

 

STEP 2              APRIL 1/ MAY 30 DEPENDING ON ZONE

PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDE POST

APRIL 1- MAY 30

Apply a professional pre-emergent herbicide over your entire lawn. The pre-emergent herbicide will control crabgrass, goosegrass, foxtail and other annual weeds. Apply when soil temps reach 50 to 55 degrees using a soil thermometer.

RECOMMEND: PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDE

 POST-EMERGENT HERBICIDE/FERTILIZER

APRIL 1-APRIL 30

Apply a professional post-emergent herbicide with fertilizer to help control annual and perennial broadleaf weeds.

RECOMMEND: POST-EMERGENT HERBICIDE with FERTILIZER

 

STEP 3                             MAY / JUNE

PROFESSIONAL FERTILIZER OR 2nd APPLICATION OF PRE-EMERGENT WITH FERTILIZER

MAY 15 – MAY 30

"Apply 1 pound of 24-5-11 fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. If needed for a 2nd application of pre-emergent herbicide, then use pre-emergent herbicide with fertilizer combination instead of the 24-5-11 fertilizer.

RECOMMEND: 24-5-11 OR PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDE with FERTILIZER COMBINATION IF NEEDED"

 

POST-EMERGENT BROADLEAF WEED CONTROL

MAY 1- JUNE 30

Post-emergent broadleaf weed control applied in liquid form, to control various broadleaf weeds. An acceptable broadleaf herbicide such as a 3-way herbicide with Trimec will be used for this application. (Apply postemergent weed control for grassy weeds or sedges if needed).

RECOMMEND: POST-EMERGENT BROADLEAF WEED CONTROL IN LIQUID FORM


STEP 4                         JULY / AUGUST

FUNGICIDAL DISEASE CONTROL AND INSECT PEST/GRUB CONTROL 

JULY 1 - AUGUST 30
Observe for fungal disease and insect damage. If you need help in identifying the lawns disease damage we have provided additional information on our website to help consumers select the right product or method to solve their lawn problems. Only apply broad spectrum, professional fungicide or insecticide when the problem areas have been identified.

RECOMMEND: PROFESSIONAL FUNGICIDE AND PROFESSIONAL INSECTICIDE IF NEEDED BY IDENTIFICATION


STEP 5                            SEPT / OCT

LATE SUMMER EARLY FALL (AERATION, LIMING, FERTILIZATION, SEEDING) 

SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 15

Most cool season grasses grow in bunch or tillers and Muture plants begin to slow their reproduction rate. Young grass will produce tillers faster therefore, one of the most important secret to maintain a healthy lawn is overseeding. Late summer early fall is the best time to repair, renovate, sod, and or overseed your lawn.

 

STEP 6                             NOV / DEC

FALL FERTILIZATION

NOVEMBER 15 – 20

Fall is the best time to fertilize cool season grassses because it is still actively growing. In November Apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft.

RECOMMEND: PROFESSIONAL TURFGRASS FERTILIZER 24-5-11

PRE-WINTER FERTILIZATION

DECEMBER 1 – 31

"Your late fall and pre-winter fertilizer applications will establish a healthy head start to your lawn next year! The fertilizer will be stored in the grasses roots through out winter which will help the grass through the winter's harsh environment. The grass will be healthier and stronger next spring.

RECOMMEND: PROFESSIONAL WINTERIZATION TURFGRASS FERTILIZER