planting in South Carolina - Knowledgebase Question

Clover, SC (Zone 7B)
Question by potosmail
May 23, 2006
We have just moved to Lake Wylie, South carolina. Can you tell me the best time to start spreading seeds for a lawn? Also we have hard clay for

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2006


Either spring or fall are good times to sow grass seed in your gardening region. It's important that you prepare the soil well prior to planting so that your lawn will remain healthy for many years to come. Begin by removing all weeds and debris, then rototil the area to break up the soil. Rake it smooth then broadcast your seed. Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is perhaps the most popular grass in the mountains and upper piedmont areas of South Carolina, which extend as far east as Columbia. Its popularity relates to its ease of establishment through seeding and its green color during the winter months when warm-season turfgrasses are dormant and brown. All of the species adapted to South Carolina can be planted by seed, the most economical method of establishing a lawn. Tall fescue is a perennial bunch-type grass that grows rapidly during spring and fall. Because of this bunch-type growth, spring preemergence herbicides are generally necessary to keep a lawn relatively free of weeds.Tall fescue is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions but grows best on fertile, well-drained soils with a soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5. It often needs irrigation to remain attractive during the summer.

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