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Information below is extracted from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Publication, “Fertilization for Lawns,” 2010 edition.  More specific information is available at http//pubsadmin.caes.uga.edu/files/pdf/B%20710_2.PDF.  These guidelines are general in nature for Georgia soils.  For information specific to a lawn in question, individuals may contact their county extension service for soil testing instructions.

Table 5. Fertilizer and Lime Suggestions for New Lawns

Grass Species

Analysis**

Fertilization

Lime

Rate1

Time of
Application

Rate1

Time of
Application

Bermudas, Zoysia &
St. Augustine

10-10-10
16-4-8

15
5

At planting.
Apply at monthly intervals*

50

At planting.

Tall Fescue

10-10-10

15

At planting.

50

At planting.

Centipede

10-10-10
10-10-10

10
5

At planting or one month after. Apply one application in mid-summer.

 

 

1 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
* Make these applications until the turf completely covers, with the last application being made 30 to 45 days before the normal first killing frost.
** Example fertilizer grades.

 

Table 6. Fertilizer and Lime Suggestions for Established Lawns

Grass Species

Fertilization

Lime Requirements

Optimum Maintenance

Low Maintenance

Analysis***

Rate1

Time of
Application

Analysis

Rate1

Time of
Application

Rate1

Time of
Application

Hybrid Bermudas

16-4-8

6

Early spring* and at monthly intervals**

16-4-8

6

Early spring*
and every 8
weeks**

30-50

Any time during growing season

Common Bermuda,
St. Augustine & Zoysia

16-4-8

6

Early spring* and at 8-week intervals**

16-4-8

6

Early spring*
and again in
mid-summer

15-25

Any time during growing season

Fescue &
Bluegrass

16-4-8

6

Early fall and Early spring*

16-4-8

10

Early fall and
Early spring*

20-30

Any time during growing season

Centipede

12-4-8

5
5

After spring green up and again in mid-summer

Fertilize every other year

 

1 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
* "Early spring" refers to the time when the grass begins to turn green and grow again.
** Applications should be made during the growing season with the last application being applied 30 to 45 days before the normal first killing frost.
*** Example fertilizer grades.

Original prepared by Gil Landry, Clint Waltz and C. Owen Plank, Extension Agronomists

 

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