Whats my next step to a beautiful lawn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by j-sin, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. j-sin

    j-sin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Charlotte NC lawn

    Ok so we bought our home in march and the lawn was kinda sorta ok
    it has existing fescue was thin in some places and a million dandelions
    or whatever those small white flowers that pop up

    so I did some research on here tested my soil and put down the proper amount of lime per my local soil dept suggestion. I then "waited" for labor day

    once labor day hit I core aerated my lawn, went over it almost 3 times
    I broadcast about 8lbs of high quality John Deere Seed and Lesco starter fertilizer from John Deere landscapes as directed.

    It has been 3-4 weeks now and I want to be prepared for my next step

    When do I need to start spraying for broadleaves?
    What other applications are coming due

    thanks so much!
  2. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    From what I've read and what I've done in the past you aren't supposed to put out any herbicides until the new fescue is established and have mowed atleast twice and the correct height. (atleast 3"). When I seed fescue in the fall I just aerate, seed, starter fert, and maybe another fert app in nov. and then that's it until I put out dimension or barricade in Feb. and then a spring fert app in March or early April.
  3. j-sin

    j-sin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    OK I just kinda want a guideline to follow.
    Spending too much money on this project to mess it up ;-0
  4. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,257

    Don't put any pre-em until the grass has grown and the thickness of the fescue is full. Pre-em will fry tiny hair roots that are feeding the plants. Let it go weeds and all till Mid-May and then use a light application of weed control. Probably T-Zone will get rid of most weeds, but something stronger will probably be needed later. After grass is growing well, switch to a good balanced fertilize with a bit heavier on the potassium (3rd number) and potassium. We want the roots to be strong. A fertilize with micro nutrients should be a priority. Look for about two years to get that carpet look and of course you'll need to irrigate somehow/someway as you will never have a beautiful lawn without a proper watering cycle.
  5. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    Let me repeat this for you one more time. "No herbicide's until spring 2013" There are chemistry's that allow you to apply a pre-emergent closer to seeding but require more money, precise measuring and precise application.
    If you want a nice lawn, have patience, your best defense against weed's is a healthy stand of grass.
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    Next time around, if you got a million weeds, you might spray them out before you over seed.
  7. j-sin

    j-sin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I had considered that but I have a goooood amount of existing fescue and kinda already had a head start. its just laced with those stupid small white flowers
  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    Something with a small, white flower is not a dandelion. Can you post a picture ?
  9. j-sin

    j-sin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I have identified it as white clover

    sorry dont know why dandelion popped into my head

    its DEF white clover and when they bloom there are a crapload in my grass
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    If you have clover it's a pretty good indication of nitrogen deficiency
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