Steps in Planting a New Lawn
The best time to plant a new fescue lawn is in early September. The best time to plant Bermudagrass, Buffalograss, or Zoysia lawns is early June. Plan ahead to get your yard ready for planting in time!
Two Months before Planting (Or the previous fall for a spring planting):
1. Begin to eradicate old grass and weeds. Some weeds can be very persistent and may need to be sprayed more than once.
2. Take a Soil Test so that you can add fertilizer or other soil amendments as needed.
One Month before Planting:
1. Till and grade the soil.
2. Incorporate amendments specified by the soil test.
Planting Time:
1. Water the area so the soil is moist.
2. Apply a starter fertilizer or other fertilizer specified by the soil test at a rate of 1 lb Nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft.
3. Spread or drill the grass seed at the specified rate of seed per 1000 sq. ft.
4. Rake or roll the area to ensure good seed to soil contact.
5. Keep the soil moist but not soaked until the grass begins to germinate.
After Grass Begins Growing
1. Reduce watering to 2-3 times per week.
2. Maintain the grass at a height of 3” for several weeks.
One Month after Planting
1. Apply a lawn-type fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft. (link)
More than One Month after Planting
1. Begin to follow the recommended maintenance program for your grass, adjusting the watering schedule, fertilization, and mowing height as necessary to maintain a healthy lawn.
Types of Turfgrass
Most people in Sedgwick county choose to plant turf-type tall fescue lawns, because they like the lush green look from early spring until late fall. We do not recommend Kentucky Bluegrasses this far south because they do not tolerate the hot summers and get a lot of disease.
However, some people want a lower maintenance lawn that requires less fertilizer, less water, and less mowing. They usually select Buffalograss, Bermudagrass, or Zoysia. Each of these grasses has good and bad qualities. However, all of these types of grass are brown and dormant between late September and mid-May.
Lawn Care & Maintenances
The best way to have a healthy lawn is to us the best methods of lawn care. This includes fertilizing at the proper time, watering only as needed, mowing to the correct height, and aerating as needed. A lawn that has the right care will be healthy and green. It will also have fewer disease and insect problems than a lawn that is poorly cared for.
“Green” Lawns
Lawns can be a source of pollution and waste in the environment, but a few common sense practices will make them a lot more “green.” Three things that everyone can do is to apply fertilizer carefully and correctly, conserve water when irrigating, and recycle grass clippings.
Lawn Pests
Sometimes the lawn will have disease or insect problems despite our best efforts and taking care of the lawn. In Sedgwick County, Brown Patch on Fescue is one of the most prevalent problems. Many people also see problems from white grubs.