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March 22, 2006

Cooperative Extension Calendar for March

Oh, how I wish I'd been smart enough to look for this when I first moved into my house. The NC Cooperative Extension has a calendar for the Triangle area that tells you what to do each month. For gardening morons like me, this is a great "words of one syllable" guide.

Looks like I need to table my impulses to salt the earth of my back yard so i can establish a lawn that is actually composed of grass. They really emphasize planting fescue lawns, which are planted in the fall.

Here's March.

Posted by lisa at March 22, 2006 10:40 PM

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thanks for that link! I have a book called Gardening Southern Style with an almanac you might also find useful. The author is in the Deep South so I find I have to shift his advice by up to a month (i.e. what he says to do in February, I end up doing in March) but it's still really good advice. It seems like most gardening books are geared towards New England.

fescue has always sounded like way too much work to me. My impression is that it really isn't suited to this region at all, so it requires excessive care -- regular watering, fertilizing several times a year, reseeding every year -- to keep it looking ok. I do wish my freedom lawn looked a bit less scruffy, but not that much.

Posted by: Sarah on March 23, 2006 06:38 PM

i have to admit a weakness for grass. but i'm not sure that an established fescue lawn needs watering. i could be wrong.

i was probably going to contact the cooperative extension folks, anyway, to research lawns and ground cover. i was thinking i'd plant a summer lawn, but the extension calendar doesn't really put those grasses on the schedule. it's confusing.

right now i feel like i could handle maintenance, if i had something to maintain. it's getting something good established that's really hard work.

Posted by: lisa on March 23, 2006 07:23 PM

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