Educational Opportunities, week of September 1, 2014


Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Where:Sarah P. Duke Gardenes, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC (Map)

Grass is one of the most difficult plants to grow in our area. Discussion will be on lawn care for our Piedmont area climate & soil; best maintenance methods & untangle the confusing range of lawn care products. Presented by Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener. Class is free, registration is required 919-668-1707

Lawn Care

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am 

Where:Durham Garden Center, 4536 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC (Map)

Maintaining a beautiful lawn in our area is a struggle for many of us. This class will go over the pros & cons of cool season & warm season grasses, optimal lawn care for our Piedmont climate & soil. You will be introduced to the best maintenance & untangle the confusing range of lawn care products. Presented by Durham County Extension Master Gardener, Gene Carlone. Class is free/ registration is required.
contact: ann at 919-384-7526 or

Give Your Lawn Love in February

Give Your Lawn Some Love

If you have a fescue or other cool season lawn**, February is the time to give it some love in the form of fertilizer. Turfgrass experts at NC State University recommend applying 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of lawn. If you have the results of a recent soil test, use those recommendations instead.


The following example calculations from demonstrate how to use the label on your bag of fertilizer:

To determine the amount of product required to apply 1 pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet, divide 100 by the first number on the fertilizer bag.

Example 1:

A 16-4-8 fertilizer. Dividing 100 by 16 = 6.25 (100/16 = 6.25) pounds of product applied per thousand square feet to deliver 1 pound of nitrogen.

Example 2:\

A 10-10-10 fertilizer. Dividing 100 by 10 = 10 (100/10 = 10) pounds of product to be applied per thousand square feet to deliver 1 pound of nitrogen.

Cool season lawns should be fertilized on or around three holidays – Valentine’s Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. Do not fertilize tall fescue after March 15.

If your lawn has an abundance of annual weeds such as chickweed or henbit, an herbicide labeled for controlling these weeds in fescue can be applied as well. A weed and feed product can be used prior to March 15. After this date, herbicides without fertilizer should be used if weed control is needed.

If you have a warm season lawn, do NOT fertilize this month. Fertilizing can begin once the lawn turns green.

** Not sure what “cool season” and “warm season” mean? Cool season grasses grow best in temperatures between 65 – 80 degrees F (spring and fall in NC). Examples of these are the fescues, perennial ryegrass, and bluegrass. Cool season lawns stay fairly green during our winters. Warm season grasses, like zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, centipedegrass, carpetgrass, and St. Augustine grass grow best in our summer temperatures between 75 – 90 degrees F. These grasses turn brown when dormant in winter.

-Ann Barnes