Green Thumb: Creating Greener Pastures

AIR DATE: 8/30/2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If weeds are taking over your yard, or your grass doesn't look green, then listen up.

You may be a candidate for lawn renovation. Or better yet, starting all over again with seeding a new lawn.

I was driving by this landscape and thought, "Hey this is a teachable moment for all of those people out there that are thinking about redoing their whole yard and planting new grass."

As you can see it actually looks like a desert out here. What they've done, they've done this correctly, is that they've used glyphosate,

Southern Estates has it. You can buy it as Round Up. They've actually sprayed this whole yard with Round Up and then they're going to wait about ten days to two weeks and then they're going to reseed with one grass variety.

I do see a little break through in some of the grass over here and when I went over there it was crab grass. So I suggested they wait another week and then respray those areas that are a little bit green because certainly you don't want to go putting all your time, effort and money into a completely new lawn with one variety and still have crab grass coming through.

Now when I talk about grass varieties there are several sub-species of the variety Turf Type Tall Fescue. Do yourself a favor, that's probably the best grass to put in your lawn in this whole region. One thing I like about the Turf Type Tall Fescue, it grows very well, it's got thin blades too and it does very well in the hot dry part of the summer.

Now here's something to remember, you don't have to put straw on top of this. Your dead grass, that's your straw. It's going to keep the seed in place as it germinates and it's also going to keep moisture in the ground.

Now one thing about the Turf Type Tall Fescue, is the fact that like all other grasses, it needs to be kept moist at least two months. That seed needs to germinate and also it needs to keep growing. So the best time to redo a yard is the end of August.

Put your glyphosate down, wait ten days to two weeks and reseed it. It wouldn't be a bad idea to put a starter fertilizer like a 10-20-15 on your yard. That's not a lot of nitrogen and it won't interfere with germination.

Get that seed on there now before October the 15 and you'll have a good looking lawn.

Until next time keep your green thumb growing.


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