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Grass

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Question: 530-1711
Can I start Grass seed now? What is the best way to apply? Zane, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
New lawns require a time interval between fertilizer and lime with separate raking. This will not release as much nitrogen into the air. I like to apply the lime as soon as the soil is turned over and raked out. Fertilizer and good seed can be applied a few days later. Good seed includes a mix of fescue, annual rye and perennial rye in your area. Some packaged seeds are 99% annual rye, which is only good for patching and light reseeding. Use an iron rake with 12-16 tines for raking in lime and fertilizer. Seed is applied last and is slightly turned into the soil with a long wooden rake. New lawns should be rolled with a half filled roller. Lightly water after rolling and again in five days, if it does not rain.

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Question: 582-2316
We have a cement block wall that was covered with moss. After putting bleach on the wall, it is cleared but the grass near the wall has died. Behind the wall is a flowering cherry. Is it in danger? What can I do about the grass? Laura, Lewisburg, WV

Mort's Answer:
Bleach has destroyed the bacteria in the soil near the wall. Scratch the surface of the affected area and allow the aeration to bring back other bacteria from surrounding soil. You could add some manure and grass seed after a couple of weeks. I do think that your Cherry is vulnerable considering that it was not on the face of the wall.

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Question: 636-4311
We had a terrible time growing grass here in Austin, TX this year because of the drought and water restrictions. My St. Augustine grass turned gray and just got worst as the year went on. I used fertilizer and chinch bug control to no avail. Can I save it? Ed, Austin,Tx

Mort's Answer:
You need to apply a fungicide like Benlate now and in the spring. You also need to aerate your soil with a heavy duty aerator. Rake out the plugs and save them in a compost pile through the winter. Top dress the aerated soil with new loam and with a mix of 50% St.Augustine and winter rye. Stenotaphrum secumdatum has excellent lateral growth and will quickly fill in the winter rye in the spring. You can use gypsum as an amendment and additional fungicide this fall.

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Question: 676-2216
We put in some Bermuda grass this spring twice and it did not grow. I tilled the top two inches and hauled in three inches of sandy loam. What can we do? Ed, Austin, TX

Mort's Answer:
Because your soil is so hard, you did the right thing in bringing in the additional soil. You should have at least eight inches on top. You can supplement the five inches with about four inches of aged manure. This will add water holding capacity to the soil as well as nutrients. Your seeds probably dried out in the heat. New grass seed has to be constantly moist to germinate. I would suggest that you sow annual rye seed, whether or not you bring in the manure. Rye seed will germinate quickly and give way after the Bermuda germinates. Soon there will be drought tolerant blue grasses available for your area. St.Augustine and Buffalo grass are also quite tolerant.

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Question: 724-1312
The past week or so have had the beautiful weather with warm temperatures. This has made our grass grow quite long and thick. My question is, could we cut the grass at this point? We know it is early and have not put down the first application of fertilizer, but if we wait, the grass will be much longer. Would a light cut hurt the grass at this time? Anna, Amherst, NY

Mort's Answer:
Temperatures are returning to normal and the grass will be retarded. There is no need for the grass to be cut back until heat resumes. Most grasses can be left to grow tall in the fall to protect the roots. We now recommend to let lawns grow to three inches before cutting. This allows for shaded crowns and a lot less water. When normal weather resumes, you can start your fertilizer program.

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