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Old 02-18-2019, 10:06 PM   #1
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I live in eastern Virginia (Chesapeake) I just had a large river birch tree removed from my north facing lawn. I would like to sow fescue but I understand that the fall is the ideal time to do that. My question is what to do until then? The lawn is a mixture of weeds and a few different types of grass and a huge area of dirt where the trunk was ... I also plan on removing the remaining roots that run all over the lawn. Thanks
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Then you have all summer to till it with a tiller, tilling in lots of organic fertilizer ( BULL STUFF) , and get it prepared for the fall planting of your preferred Fescue.

While tilling remove all the rocks, tree roots, weeds, and garbage that won't support the grass.

Till it, till it, and till it again, to make it as fertile as possible for these grasses.


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Old 02-18-2019, 11:38 PM   #3
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What kind of fescue... tall fescue?
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:28 AM   #4
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In the interim, consider taking a few soil samples and a separate sample of the huge tree area to determine what nutrients may be needed, if any. This can be a DIY thing. Soil preparation is often key to success. Local government extension services are sometimes very helpful if you take your test results to them.
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My question is what to do until then?
Ayuh,.... Clover,..... it's a quick low growin' ground cover that fixes nitrogen into the soil,......
I prefer the white clover, as it grows lower than the red/ pink clover,....
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That’s what most people seem to plant around here .... is there something better?
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Thatís what most people seem to plant around here .... is there something better?
It depends on how you define "better." IMO, better is endemic. The birch tree may have been endemic. Fescue, in your region, may well be invasive. There is a local org in your area that knows more about endemic plants (and invasive plants) than anybody else; that's what they do all day. When I do a Google search, a few show up.
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Tall fescue would be fine to plant in the spring.
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