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Keep going with Fescue 2 22.22%
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:11 AM
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Which grass for NC?

I've been seeding for the past 3 years with fescue in my front yard and side yard. Its about 3,224 sq. ft. I like to have a green yard year round so that's why I have these two options. I do have two trees in my front yard that gives "some" shade. The sun comes up behind house so the front yard sees sun from atleast lunch time through sunset. I'm just wondering if I'm fighting a losing battle since I don't have irrigation but I do water once to twice a week with each watering 1/2" at a time. I'm a little east of Raleigh. According to the nc state turf files website. The next county over from us east doesn't even suggest fescue being seeded. I'm in the last county that it does.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:26 AM
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Why is bermuda an option if you want a green yard year round?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:33 AM
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I can overseed with annual rye during the winter
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:36 AM
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I can overseed with annual rye during the winter
Then why limit to those two options? Just asking.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:46 AM
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I thought bermuda was the only warm season grass that you can overseed with and not "hurt" the grass from coming in next year.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:58 AM
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I thought bermuda was the only warm season grass that you can overseed with and not "hurt" the grass from coming in next year.
Winter seeding rye on warm season turfs is a pretty common practice, particularly on sports turf. Where did you get this information?

Also, what is wrong with the fescue? It is quite likely the most problem free turf grass available, and you are in the transition zone so there is no good reason not to use it. If your lawn isn't performing like you want, then find out why. Replacing it with another type of turf isn't likely to solve the problem.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:09 AM
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How often do you aerate?

Soil test done?

Have you trimmed those trees to reduce shade?

Water less frequent but deeper, say 1" at once a week.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:52 AM
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I aerate every September when I overseed with fescue.

I haven't done a soil test.

I haven't trimmed trees this year yet. I thought it would be better to get more shade so the fescue wouldn't go dormant or die during the summer.

I've read if you have more sandy soil that you should water every third day.
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Sand is a very broad term. Soil can behave very differently from side of the yard to the other. Start with a soil test. See which grass is condusive to your soil. Bermuda/Rye works great from GA down. Not sure about NC.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:02 PM
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If you go with tall fescue. Try to stay with elite varieties that have a good NTEP record, disease resistance and claim long persistance under heat and drought. Rhizomes and endophytes are a big help. Dwarf varieties grow slow so recovery is slower.
Like Blade Runner for example.
http://www.pickseed.com/usa/Products..._runner_ts.pdf
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