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Care of Triathalawn Tall Fescue  

WATERING—Incorrect watering is the most common mistake made while establishing a lawn. Newly installed sod should be kept well watered for a period of 10 days to 2 weeks. This is the most critical period in the life of your lawn. Water several times a day increasing frequency for extremely hot or windy weather. Sod must be kept wet.

After you lawn is established less water will be required. A thorough irrigation every 3 -4 days in warmer weather (5 - 7 days in cooler weather) is sufficient in most situations. Your goal is to achieve water penetration to a depth of 6 inches. This will encourage deep rooting and a healthier lawn. Verify the depth of watering by probing soil with a screwdriver or sharp instrument. If the screwdriver enters the soil easily to a depth of 6 - 8 inches your have achieved proper moisture penetration. In extremely hot weather, cool season grasses can benefit from the cooling effect of a method of "spritzing". By simply spraying a fine mist of water to the turf zone, the temperature in the area of the crown of the grass blade will be reduced enough to avoid stress to the lawn and damage caused by wilt.

MOWING—The correct mowing height is important for the long term survival of your lawn. Regular weekly mowing and clipping removal is strongly recommended. During cool weather, Triathalawn can be maintained at approximately 1 ½ to 2 inches, but during hot weather mowing height should be maintained at approximately 3 inches. This added height actually reduces heat stress by providing a shading effect on cool season grasses. New Triathalawn sod lawns should be mowed 1 week to 10 days after installation at no lower than 2 inches. Never scalp the lawn or cut more than one third of the top growth from a cool season lawn at any one mowing. Scalping fescue or bluegrass lawns can cause permanent damage. Any type of sharp mower can be used, but dull rotary mowers can shatter the grass blade and poorly adjusted reel mowers can bruise and pull leaf blades.

FERTILIZING—The preplant fertilizer put down before you installed your sod will take care of the fertilizer requirements for the first month. Maintenance fertilizer such as Gro-Power should then be used with subsequent application monthly during the growing season (October through May) to achieve good growth and color. During the hot months of summer the fertilizer rate should be cut in half or a slow release fertilizer should be used. Follow label instructions on all fertilizer. Good fertility programs help the lawn resist disease, weed, and pest infiltrations.

INSECTS, DISEASES AND WEEDS—Triathalawn Tall Fescue is guaranteed to be free of insects, disease and weeds at the time of delivery. However, infestation can occur from neighboring lawns which have these problems. Be especially careful before resorting to chemical control by ruling out dog damage, dry spots and fertilizer burn. If small to medium sized spots or patches begin to wilt, turn brown, then die back; and you have checked out all other factors, then by all means spray the lawn with a broad spectrum fungicide. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Chemical use should be avoided on newly planted sod. And, remember, turf which is properly watered, mowed and fertilized is more likely to resist problems than turf which is stressed or mismanaged.

REPAIRING DAMAGED AREAS—By virtue of the fact that Triathalawn does not send out runners such as warm season, bermuda type lawns, areas which die out will not repair themselves. However, you can easily return the lawn to its original beauty by either planting sod plugs or by reseeding the damaged area. Both small pieces of sod and Triathalawn seed are available through Old River Sod.



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