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Old 09-22-2011, 09:26 AM
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Installing a New Lawn

I'd like some help from you Ga / Southern members.

I have an owner with a couple of properties that need lawns installed. he wants to do a fall seeding. Both lawns are pretty heavily shaded. The soil is GA. red clay.
New at this but I think what I need to do is have the soil tested, amend with compost and fertilizer, till, seed, cover with hay to hold moisture, water. Planning to use fescue, probably need to use a slow release nitrogen fertilizer.

Am I missing anything?
Any suggestions for specific grass seed? No need to kill weeds, bare dirt.
How fast are tillers?

One of the yards has a large oak that provides the shade with the lowest limbs being about 15' up. The other yard has several trees with lims at 5 - 6' (smaller trees - maybe 20' high). one area is about 50' X 100', the other is 30 X 170'.

Appreciate any help.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:21 PM
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Use a "starter fertilizer" The nitrogen content will be lower because you want roots to develop in your new lawn first.

Nitrogen will make the grass blades grow, so use it later after germination is complete.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:54 AM
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Thanks for the response

Dr. New Earth,
Thanks for the response
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:29 PM
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You are too far south to be using fescue. That is a cool season grass that can't handle Georgia summers. I would recommend El Toro zoysia for a shady southern lawn. But that is only available as sod. You can try a seeded variety but you wouldn't seed that until spring.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:44 PM
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Fescue is popular around Atlanta, however it usually has to be overseeded every fall. Lime is very important and is cheap. I would mulch around the trees as wide as possible.

The keys to fescue in the south are ....
Lime early fall late fall late winter early spring late spring
Fertlize late Janurary and 1 time per month until the end of May. Then wait till September to fertlize again
After the last frost....... BAG all your grass clippings. Do not irragate during the day. Mow as high as you can......Do not mow when wet.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:18 AM
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Fescue in Atlanta

Thanks to Agrostis & Larry in Alabama for the reponses.
Larry,
Why bag after the first frost - just curious. These lawns are at rental homes. If the owner doesn't want the expense of a fertilzation program, what grass would you recommend?
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Thanks to Agrostis & Larry in Alabama for the reponses.
Larry,
Why bag after the first frost - just curious. These lawns are at rental homes. If the owner doesn't want the expense of a fertilzation program, what grass would you recommend?
Fescue is will get brown spot and mold due to the hummidy and day time rain here in the South. The grass can handle heat and drout and even grown good in Las Vegas. Its the moisture that stays on the grasss that kills it. Bagging eliminates decay of dead or cut grass thus cutting back on mold and or brown spot. Theres spray that helps but most of the time fall overseeding is necessary

On rental property that no one cares that much about generallly amounts to whatever grows on its own
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:56 AM
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Clay will make good use of grass clippings and they also provide cover for seed... grass under trees also need the clippings for their ecosystem separate from trees...
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