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Cool Season Lawn Care

Turf Management For Warm Cool Grass

Comprehensive Turf Management Program consisting of slow/instant release granular fertilization, weed control/prevention, micro/macro nutrient, and IPM Applications.

Our Lawn Care Programs are Subscription based programs in terms of billing, this means we spread the annual cost of your Program across 12 equal monthly payments – this way you can budget easier, knowing the same amount will be coming out of your account each month. Since we don’t lock our customers into long-term contracts, if you decide to discontinue service, we’ll balance your account at the time of cancellation based on services rendered.

Tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescues — such as creeping red, chewings, and hard — are cool-season perennial grasses used for lawns, mostly in the mountain and piedmont regions of North Carolina. Unlike warm-season grasses, cool-season grasses remain green throughout most of the winter. They are better adapted to cooler climates, however with proper care can also survive the warmer climate regions of North Carolina. These grasses perform best in spring and fall and tend to show signs of stress in the summer. This is especially true as you move toward the coastal plain. Cool-season grasses should be seeded in early fall, fair results may be obtained from seeding in early spring (mid-February to late March in the piedmont) late winter or spring
seeding of these grasses is not recommended.

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Cool Season Turf Types

Cool Season Grasses

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue

Best adapted to the mountains and piedmont but can be successfully maintained on the heavy silt loams in the coastal plain. It is a reliable performer and easily started from seed. It is the best grass to plant if you want a year-round green lawn. Tall fescue thrives in sun or medium shade. It will not perform well in full sun in the coastal plain, especially if the soil is sandy. It can be seeded by itself or mixed with Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, or both, particularly where shade is a concern. Tall fescue is a bunch-type grass, so damaged or bare areas will need to be re-seeded. It exhibits good disease resistance, drought tolerance, and cold tolerance; tolerates moderate traffic; and persists with minimum care. Several improved tall fescue cultivars have been developed that are more shade tolerant, denser, and finer textured than Kentucky 31, a commonly used older cultivar. These characteristics become more evident as the turf matures and the maintenance level increases. It is recommended that a three-cultivar seed blend be used when seeding. This broadens the genetic base and gives the turf a better chance of withstanding a variety of challenges. Use a seeding rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet (sq ft). Do not assume more is better. Higher seeding rates can result in weak, thin stands that are more susceptible to disease and high temperature stress. Tall Fescue perform best when mowed at a height of 3 to 3.5 inches and should not be mowed 

Cool Season Grasses

Annual Ryegrass

Annual Ryegrass

Used only when a temporary turf cover is needed. It is never recommended for
permanent lawn. Annual Ryegrass usually dies out come late spring when temperatures approach
80ºF or higher. Annual ryegrass is a problem weed in tall fescue because it cannot be selectively
removed from the turf once it becomes a problem, since annual ryegrass is an annual, it must be re-
seeded each fall. Annual ryegrass has been used by some homeowners to provide winter color for
bermudagrass lawns. It is never recommended for overseeding other warm-season grasses
.

Cool Season Turf Types

Cool Season Grasses

Tall Fescue

Best adapted to the mountains and piedmont but can be successfully maintained on the heavy silt loams in the coastal plain. It is a reliable performer and easily started from seed. It is the best grass to plant if you want a year-round green lawn. Tall fescue thrives in sun or medium shade. It will not perform well in full sun in the coastal plain, especially if the soil is sandy. It can be seeded by itself or mixed with Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, or both, particularly where shade is a concern. Tall fescue is a bunch-type grass, so damaged or bare areas will need to be re-seeded. It exhibits good disease resistance, drought tolerance, and cold tolerance; tolerates moderate traffic; and persists with minimum care. Several improved tall fescue cultivars have been developed that are more shade tolerant, denser, and finer textured than Kentucky 31, a commonly used older cultivar. These characteristics become more evident as the turf matures and the maintenance level increases. It is recommended that a three-cultivar seed blend be used when seeding. This broadens the genetic base and gives the turf a better chance of withstanding a variety of challenges. Use a seeding rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet (sq ft). Do not assume more is better. Higher seeding rates can result in weak, thin stands that are more susceptible to disease and high temperature stress. Tall Fescue perform best when mowed at a height of 3 to 3.5 inches and should not be mowed 

Cool Season Grasses

Annual Ryegrass

Used only when a temporary turf cover is needed. It is never recommended for
permanent lawn. Annual Ryegrass usually dies out come late spring when temperatures approach
80ºF or higher. Annual ryegrass is a problem weed in tall fescue because it cannot be selectively
removed from the turf once it becomes a problem, since annual ryegrass is an annual, it must be re-
seeded each fall. Annual ryegrass has been used by some homeowners to provide winter color for
bermudagrass lawns. It is never recommended for overseeding other warm-season grasses
.

Cool Season Turf Management Program

Winter

Round 1

Fertilizer/Weed App 1 (Late Winter)


Spring

Round 2

Slow Release Fertilizer/Weed App 2 (Early Spring)


Round 3

Preventative Fungicide Application 1 (Spring)

Summer

Round 4

Preventative Fungicide Application 2 (Early Summer)


Round 5

Preventative Fungicide Application 3 (Mid Summer)


Round 6

Preventative Fungicide Application 4 (Late Summer)

Fall

Round 7

Fertilizer/Weed App 3 (Early Fall)


Round 8

Fertilizer/Weed App 4 (Late Fall)

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