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Fall Seeded Lawns

1st Application
(FEB 1 – MAR 15)— Before Forsythia blooms

Apply a pre-emergent and fertilizer combination product according to the labeled rates. The pre-emergent is used primarily to control annual grassy weeds such as crabgrass, quackgrass, goosegrass, and foxtail, but it will act on some broadleaf weeds as well. The fertilization rate need not be very high in the early spring and springtime because conditions are favorable for good plant development. Also, excessive spring fertilization can require frequent mowing or lead to fungal diseases such as brownpatch.

Product types to use:
Lebanon 18-3-7 30% POLY X PRO with DIMENSION .09%

2nd Application
(APR 1 – MAY 15)— 6-8 weeks after 1st

Repeat 1st application using the same product. Spottreat or spray for any problem broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, clover, and plantains.

3rd Application
(JUNE 15 – JULY 30)— Depending on moisture availability.

Apply the labeled rate of a slow release capability fertilizer to minimize burn on the turf. A product high in potassium is beneficial in deterring heat stress during the hot summer months. Further, including Iron (Fe) will deepen the turfs color provided that there is adequate moisture.

Product types to use:
Lebanon 25-10-10 40% POLY X PRO .02% Fe

4th Application
(SEP 15 – OCT 30)—In conjunction with overseeding

This is the optimal time to overseed or totally renovate cool season (tall fescue) lawns. When overseeding, it is recommended to mow existing turf at a low blade setting and remove resultant clippings by bagging or raking. Proceed with core aeration in both directions (checkerboard pattern) across the lawn. Depending on turf density, overseed at a rate of 3 to 6 pounds of seed per 1000 sq. ft. Finally, according to the labeled rate, apply a good seed starter fertilizer that is relatively high in phosphorous.

To renovate a lawn follow the same basic procedure, but your first step is to eradicate any unwanted grasses or weeds (Bermuda, johnsongrass, dallisgrass) with an product such as RoundUp®. Total eradication may take multiple treatments. With that accomplished, follow the procedure with the exception of seeding heavier in the treated areas (8# - 10# seed).

IMPORTANT! WATERING PROPERLY IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESSFUL SEEDING.

Product types to use:
Lebanon Winning Colors Premium Turf-Type Tall Fescue Blend Lebanon 16-25-13 70%POLY X PRO Seed Starter

5th Application
(NOV 15 – DEC 30)—Dormant Winter Fertilization

Normally at this time top growth has ceased but the roots of the grass are still actively storing nutrients for the winter months and for early spring "green-up." This is the proper time to fertilize heavily to aid plant development.

Product types to use:
Lebanon 32-4-8 37% POLY X PRO

Featured Artcle:

    Ten Must-Have Plants for Fall

Featured Plant:

Featured Plant: Soft Caress Mahonia
Mahonia eurybracteata
'Soft Caress'

Few plants offer the texture that this provides in the shade garden. In early winter, bright-yellow flowers stand atop the slender, bamboo-like foliage like fingers of light. Perfect for an Asian garden or as a speciman.

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