LAWN FEED OR FERTILIZER - Knowledgebase Question

Gray Court, SC (Zone 7B)
Question by jstiles9
March 7, 2006
I HAVE A SLOPING HILLSIDE THAT HAD ALOT OF TREES. LAST YEAR WE HAD SOME OF THEM CUT AND THE STUMPS ATE OUT WITH A STUMP GRINDER WE TORE THE GROUND UP AND RESEEDED WITH CREEPING FESCUE. I ALSO HAVE CENTEPEDE GRASS AT THE TOP OF THE HILL THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR YEARS BERMUDA AND CENTEPEDE AT THE BOTTOM OF HILL THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR YEARS BUT IN THE MIDDLE WHERE WE DID ALL THE WORK GRASS IS NOT GROWING VERY WELL I KNOW IT NEEDS SOME FOOD, BUT WHEN I GO TO THE STORE I GET SO CONFUSED WITH ALL THAT IS ON THE MARKET AS LONG AS MY GRASS IS GREEN AND THICK I DON'T CARE WHAT KIND IT IS. PLEASE HELP ME TO DECIDE WHICH IS THE BEST FOOD FOR MY YARD. I ALSO DON'T WANT TO KILL ANY GRASS. JUST MAKE IT GROW AND BE STRONG.


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Answer from NGA
March 7, 2006

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You may find that part of the problem is that the soil was somewhat depleted by the trees and then is a bit dry due to the slope. Creeping fescue is often used as a cool season grass or in shaded areas, so it may not really be suited to the location now that the trees are gone. I would suggest you work with your local county extension to run some basic soil tests and then work out a fertilization program based on the test results. You may also need to adjust the pH based on the test results. And, they should be able to tell you which type of grass variety would grow best in that area. Good luck with your lawn!

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