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LAWNS: MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES [continued]

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Ch. 12, pp. 47 - 48

[Schedules: bermudagrass | buffalograss | fescue and ryegrass | bluegrass | overseed ryegrass | augustine | tall fescue | zoysia ]

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR BUFFALOGRASSTop

LOW ELEVATION - DESERT

  MONTH  
ACTIVITY J F M A M J J A S O N D REMARKS
Seeding         X X X           Seeded cultivars include Bison, Tatanka, Cody, Texoka, Sharps Improved. May 15 - July 15 only. Kill underlying bermudagrass first
Sodding         X X X           Sod cultivars include Prairie, NE609, NE315. May 10 - July 31. Sod turns brown and then greens up later. Kill underlying bermudagrass first.
Fertilizing           1/2 1/2 1/2         Low -N- requiring grass. Lbs. of -N-per 1000 ft2
Dethatch/Aerify         X X             May take years to build-up thatch. May 15 - June 30. Slow to recuperate. Aerify preferred. Follow with 1/2 lb. of -N- per 1000 ft2
Pre-emergent weed control   X X             X X   Summer weeds = Feb. 20 - March 5.
Winter weeds = Oct. 15 - Nov. 15.
Water
(inches per week)
      1/2 1/2
to
3/4
1-1/4
to
1-1/2
1-1/2
to
1-3/4
1-1/2
to
1-3/4
1
to
1-1/2
3/4     Inches per week

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR BUFFALOGRASS

MID ELEVATION - TRANSITION ZONE

  MONTH  
ACTIVITY J F M A M J J A S O N D REMARKS
Seeding           X             Seeded cultivars include Bison, Tatanka, Cody Sharp's Improved. June 1- 15. Don't wait.
Sodding           X             June 1 - 30. Don't wait. Same for plugs. Sodding recommended over plugging. Sod types include NE609, Prairie.
Plugs, sprigs = June 1 - June 30.
Fertilizing           X X X         June and July = 1/2 lb. -N- per 1000 ft2
August = 1/4 lb. -N- per 1000 ft2
Dethatch/Aerify           X             May need dethatching every third. June 1 - 15. Fertilize afterwards.
Pre-emergent weed control       X         X X     April = for summer annual weeds.
September 15 - October 15 = for winter annual weeds.
Water
(inches per week)
        1/2 1
to
1 1/4
1
to
1 3/8
1
to
1 3/8
1 1/2     Turns brown in winter. Do not overseed.


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