New Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, No
Question by carolinaeven
October 1, 2009
We have a bare (14 years) backyard in Charlotte NC has a lot of shade then afternoon sun, probably very acidic from leaves.

What type of grass seed, fertilizer, etc. should be used?
please advise

Michelle sq ft approx 600-800

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2009


The most commonly grow turfgrasses in North Carolina are those considered cool season grasses. Cool-season grasses generally maintain some green color year around except under extreme heat and cold. Included in the category of cool-season grasses are tall fescue, bluegrass, turf type fescue, perennial ryegrass and mixtures of any of these grasses.

The most common fertility problem found in lawns across North Carolina is low soil pH (acidic soil). The only solution for low pH is to apply agricultural grade limestone. Lime can be applied to the lawn surface at any time of the year, and it will not harm the grass.

After applying the lime, distribute your grass seed evenly over the proposed lawn area. One way to do this is to apply half the seed in one direction and then turn at a right angle and apply the remaining seed over the same area. The planting area should be smooth and at your desired level. Then lightly cover the seed by raking over the area. Good seed-to-soil contact is critical for adequate germination.

Keep the top half inch of the soil moist until the seeds germinate and emerge. This may require watering every day. After the grass comes up reduce the watering but maintain adequate moisture in the top six inches of soil. Begin mowing the grass as soon as it is high enough to be mowed.

Good luck with your new lawn!

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