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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 19, 1994, Page PAGE 3-B, Image 11

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Growing C Dear Plaat Doctor. I received a pamphlet from your office on cen tipede grass. I requested it because I had concerns on when centipede should be fertilized. It says June is the time. Most of my neighbors have already fertilized and their grass is greening nicely. Mine is green but not the dark green as a result of the doissg its job. U would seem that centipede would need something after the win ter io get started and then maybe a pick-me-up in middle summer. I know centipede does not need much nitrogen but m?yh? ? fertiliser with little or no nitrogen and iron would help green it up. I have used iron from the bottle and sprayed it on the lawn but it has never done anything that I could tell. I just think June is too late to wait to fertilize my centipede grass! ? Wilmington Absw?~. Extension brochures on lawn care are guides based upon sci entific research. Centipede grass fer tilized early in the spring is more prone to brown patch, frost damage and other pest damage. Centipede grass fertilized incorrectly on an an nual basis will declinc and usually die in three to five years doe to win ter damage, disease or other prob lems. Some turf grass scientists be lieve that the second application of a low nitrogen-high potassium fertiliz er in benefits ccuu^mki growth survive!, consensus exists among the experts. My observations and research indi cate very little fertilizer is required for optimum centipede grass mainte nance ? the least fertilizer is best. If you are not seeing a response to iron, then you may have another nu trient problem. Take a soil sample from your lawn to the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Service office. Request that a "prob lem soil sample analysis" be per formed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture soil testing laboratory and that a copy of the results be sent iu inc. Dark green centipede grass early in the spring usually signals the ear ly demise of a centinrdc grass home lawn. Stick to your guns and wait entipede Tak until June to fertilize your centipede grass. You will be cutting grass next year wiulc your itCighbots sweep their yards. Dear Plant Doctor: I would like to establish centipede grass in the yard of my new home but want to have a lawn by this summer. A land scaper suggested that I seed tall fes cue with the centipede grass. What do you think? ? Lumberton Answer: I think that is a rotten idea. Centipede grass is relatively slow to establish. Germinating tall fescue seeds will compete for water and nu trients with the germinating cen tipede grass seed at the seeding rate used on home lawns. I suggest you consider one or a combination of the following options to rapidly estab lish centipede grass: 1 . Sod. Without doubt, the fastest iiicihou of lawn establishment. If u nsnCv j siv n iTmjGr coiutuviauvm (they usually are), then sod your lawn on the installment plan. Sod high priority areas first. Seed other areas with a temporary bum* cover like rye grass or tall fescue or carpet grass. When you have the resources to move on to phase two, then soil test, plow under the temporary grass, add the required amendments, prepare the soil and lay the sod. 2. Plug. Plugging is for the patient and hardworking. The time needed to establish a new lawn of centipede grass using plugs depends upon the growingconditions and the spacing of grass plugs. I have seen many beautiful lawns established by plug ging centipede grass iniu an existing lawn of ta!! fescue, St Augustine, bermuda or carpet grass. Fertilize, es Patience mow and cultivate the lawn as if it were all centipede grasv Plugs spaced on one-foot center* are stan dard. That means it will teake 8.000 plugs to establish the average 8,000 square foot lawn. Fix the new lawn, an irrigated and newly plugged cen tipede grass lawn will usually cover in one full growing season (May to September). The eslabli&hmcni of a new centipede grass lawn by plug ging without irrigation can tak- two years or more. Centipede grass likes acid soil so be sure soil pH is suitable. Soil test! 5. Sprig. Lawn establishment oy sprigging takes roughly the same time to establish as with seeding. 4. Seed. I have seen homeowners with good irrigation systems estab lish centipede grass lawns by seed in one growing season; however, they are the exception. In the average unirri gated lawn, centipede grass es tablishment will normally take two or three years for full coverage. A seeding rate of four ounces of cen tipede grass per 1.000 square feet is usually a good compromie between seed costs and time required for es tablishment. Heavier seeding rates wi!i acccicratc coverage but the cost is usually prohibitive. For more rapid coverage see above comments about sodding or plugging. Send your comments or questions to The Plant Doctor, P.O. Box 109, Ul/liriu, IT.V. Take GED Tests During June To Earn High School Diploma GED test dates are scheduled throughout June for Brunswick County residents who want to com plete their high school diploma. Brunswick Community College will offer all GED tests, except the unv, ot Iia UMUAI urnipiu north of Supply Tuesdays, June 14 at 1 p.m. and June 28 at 5 p.m. The same group of tests will be offered at BCC's Souihpori campus, on North Lord Street, Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m., and then at BCC's Leland campus Wednesday, June IS, at 9 a.m. All tests, including writing, will be given at the Leland campus Wed nesday, June 1, at 9 am., and at the Southport campus Thursday, June 2, at 5 p.m. The writing skills test only will administered Tuesday, June 7, on the BCC main campus near Supply. Students who want to prepare to take the GED tests may enter GED classes at Brunswick Community College any lime. Also, individual help in preparing for the tests is available at the learn ing lab, located on the main campus. Drop- ins are welcome. For lab heui? or more information about the GED, contact BCC at 754-6900 or 343 0203, Ext. 334. SHELTON HERB FARM Herb Plants ?Over 350 Varieties Goodman Rd. o>Hwy. 17 3MM*af\Mnnabo? 253-6964 J ? =? J SATURDAY. MAY 28 10AM-4PM ^ art SHOW.. .SALE RT 904 AT HWY. 1 79 WATERWAY ART ASSOCIATION RAIN DATE: SATURDAY. JUNE 4. 10 AM-4 PM FLOWERING TREES Crape Myrtle, Oleander. h&L Dogwood. Peach. Bradford Pear Rose, Azalea. Tomato, Slow Release and Centipede Fertilizers OriSwKlna Hon* Caddy $14.88 Water Softener Salt (crystal and pellet) CLAYTON'S LAWN & GARDEN m -ANO SUPPLIES- OB Open Monday -Saturday 8:30-5 ? 842-7727 130, Hokten Baach Road (1/2 Miia From Causeway) ^ \*yn *vi ^ ^ STAFf PH0*0 ** 5USAN ?JSHC9 Friends Earn Top Honors The 200-member Friends of the West Brunswick Branch Library in Shallotte won first place in the 300-membership or less division of the 1993 Frances B. Reid Memorial Award competition sponsored by the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries to honor outstanding friends groups. Shown with the award above are (from left) Phyllis Manning, who accepted the award, and officers Sue McCann, Blanche Bechtle and John Twomey. The West Brunswick Friends group was died fur tu lurec^fiu campaign to keep the branch open in temporary quarters when the county library planned to close the facility for four to six months for renovation. The Friends raised approximately $ 10,000 , rented space Ut Resort Plsz/tf help pucic up boohs ssssi atovsf dr**9g? Top Round FOOD LI ,N A/i

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