What part of NC,If you just want gound cover consider Rye mixed with a small grain. And In the spring you can do it like you want. Of course if the climate stays like it has the past couple of years you may be ok to go with fescue. But who knows with our weather. Honestly I dont know what to tell ya. But if it were me I would grade it out like you want and go for it.
I live in Charlotte. I want a fescue mix. I did't know if I was wasting my time based on this time of year. I was also thinking of hydro-seeding, but I also didn't want to waste money on that if I was only going to get so-so results for this time of year.
From a farming aspect you can get so so results anytime of the year.Im from the east of Mooresville so same climate.
We have sowed grass this late and and had good sucess but that was in a pasture. I think if you have water and the temperature stays near the 70s you will be ok.
Three things are required for grass to germinate
1) Seed to Soil Contact
2) Proper Temperature
Assuming that the lawn is graded out right and you are going to water it well, when needed, the only thing left is temperature. In our area (Tn) we are still seeding and will have good luck. If the temps. drop to 60 or less for good for highs you will get not so great results. It all depends on how the weather changes.
Greg Pierce, CTP
DBallard, I live just outside Charlotte and would be happy to help you out if you need it. I will be starting back to work tomorrow and will be in Pineville and South Charlotte. Give me a call if you are interested. My phone number is in the book in Matthews section or on my web site.