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Old 02-11-2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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Getting Ready for Spring!


We just finished building a brand new home is winter in North West Georgia. We got a really good stand of fescue by broadcast spreading back in September. My question is this...what should I be doing (or preparing to do) to ensure a healthy lawn this spring and summer? One thing I would like would be for the lawn to thicken up a bit.

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Not sure what you mean by "thicken up a bit." Since you got a "really good stand" last fall, your lawn just needs good maintenance from here on out. I understand that to be your question- "to ensure a healthy lawn."

To that end, now is a critical time to get that pre-emergent out. New lawns need a good 12 weeks after germination, so no problem there. Ideally Feb 15th. I try to shoot for Feb 1st- better three weeks early than a week too late after the weeds germinate. Again, that means NOW! It will need to be watered the equivalent of about 1/2 inch of rain. You probably missed an ideal chance today with the storm front that passed through. Note here- I consider it a waste of money to get the "weed and feed" products. Get the proper herbicide you need, when you need it. Get the proper fertilizer you need, when you need it. Not often the same thing, so you are wasting one or the other. Some will disagree with me, that's fine. Continue your research and decide what's best for you.

If you have not done it, I would highly recommend a soil test through your local extension office. That will tell you what and how much fertilizer, lime, etc. that you need.

Final thought. Consider aerating with a core/plug unit.
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