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Aeration & Seeding - November too late? #732569

Asked October 29, 2020, 10:43 AM EDT

Due to home repairs/construction we've missed the ideal time to aerate and seed fescue here in Charlotte. I'm wondering if we've missed our window entirely this fall? With our home projects nearing an end if we aerate and seed in the 2nd week of November would the fescue have a decent chance of germinating?

Mecklenburg County North Carolina

Expert Response

It really is pretty late. We recommend seeding in September. If November is warmer than usual you might be lucky, but it may be hard to get it established well enough to survive winter ground freezes. Weigh the costs of trying now (the out of pocket expense) vs. what you would think if you got no lasting grass after spending the money. Following is a link to Carolina Lawns, a publication of NC State Extension, that provides a lot of information about establishing and caring for a lawn. (We are in the Piedmont area in Mecklenburg County.)
https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/carolina-lawns

Here is a link to the Tall Fescue Lawn Maintenance calendar that will help you plan for tasks in your lawn.
  https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/tall-fescue-lawn-maintenance-calendar 
Nelson McCaskill Replied November 02, 2020, 1:15 PM EST

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