Starting a lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Ramona, Ca
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Question by raschildhous
February 13, 2010
We are just now working to replace the lawn we lost in a SoCal wildland fire several years ago.
Our property is in Zip 92065 and is at 1400 MSL. Our highs in the summer reach 110+ for 10-15 days a year and lows in the winter seldom go below 32 degrees. With one acre, the proper grass and planting/feeding sequence is?

Answer from NGA
February 13, 2010
There are a number of turfgrasses that will survive your summer heat. Bermuda and St. Augustine are the most popular choices for your growing region but they are warm season grasses, meaning they will brown out in the fall and remain dormant all winter long, greening up again in the spring when the weather warms. If you want a reasonably green turf most of the year, I'd suggest planting bermuda and overseeding with ryegrass. Rye is a cool season grass and if you overseed your bermuda in September or October, just about the time your bermuda is going dormant, the rye will green up. Then in the spring when temperatures get warm, the rye will die down but the bermuda will green up. If you dont' want to put that much annual work into your one acre lawn, you can seed it with tall fescue. It will brown out during certain months of the year but will green up again when the weather suits it.

Whichever you decide to plant, regular watering and mowing is essential. Most lawns will be happy with two feedings a year. One in June and another in November. Or, you can put your lawn on more rigorous feeding schedule of 4 times per year. Use a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK and apply in April, June, September and late November.

Enjoy your new lawn.

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