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LAWNS: MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES [continued]

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  MG Manual Reference
Ch. 12, pp. 54 - 55

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

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR NON-OVERSEED TALL FESCUE TURFGRASSTop

LOW ELEVATION - DESERT

  MONTH  
ACTIVITY J F M A M J J A S O N D REMARKS
Seeding                   X X   Easily established by seed. Start two weeks before ryegrass overseed. Oct. 5 - Nov. 5. Kill underlying bermudagrass first
Sodding X X X               X X Some tall fescue sod may be available.
Fertilizing 1/4 1/2 1/2 1/4 Fe   Fe   Fe   1/2 1/4 Lbs. of -N- per 1000 ft2
Fe = iron applied as a foliar spray at rate of four ounces per 1000 ft2
Dethatch/Aerify   X                 X   Usually not necessary. May take years to build up thatch. Nov. 20 - 30 1st choice, followed by re-seeding in Feb. is 2nd option.
Pre-emergent weed control   X X             X X   Oct. 15 - Now. 15 for winter weeds if no tall fescue re-seeding is necessary. Summer weeds = Fe. 15 - March 5.
Water
(inches per week)
1/4
to 3/8
1/4
to
1/2
1/2
to
3/4
3/4
to
1
3/4
to
1-1/2
1-1/2
to
2
1-3/4
to
2-1/4
1-3/4
to
2-1/4
3/4
to
1
1/2 1/4
to
3/8
  Mow grass to 3.0 inches when it reaches 3-3/4 height for best water efficiency.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR TALL FESCUETop

TRANSITION-MID ELEVATION
(GLOBE, COTTONWOOD, KINGMAN)

  MONTH  
ACTIVITY J F M A M J J A S O N D REMARKS
Seeding       X X       X X     Fall preferred. September 5 - October 1.
April 15 - May 5.
Sodding       X X         X X   Usually not available in sod.
Fall preferred, October 10 - November 10.
April 10 - 30
Fertilizing       X X         X X   JOctober and November = 1.0 lb. -N- per 1000 ft2
Early April and May = 1/2 lb. -N- per 1000 ft2
Dethatch/Aerify       X
O
          X
O
    Rarely produces thatch. If necessary, preferred dethatch in fall, followed by re-seeding October 1 - 15. Second choice, spring. April 1 - 20. O = Aerification.
Pre-emergent weed control       X         X       April = for summer annual weeds.
September = for winter annual weeds.
Water
(inches per week)
    3/8 3/8 1/2
to
3/4
1 1/4
to
1 1/2
1 1/2
to
1 3/4
1 1/4
to
1 1/2
1 1/4
to
1 1/2
1 3/8   Turns brown in winter. Do not overseed.


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