Lawn Care Tips For Your Fescue Turf
Best Fescue Lawn Care in Acworth, GA
How To Mow Tall Fescue Turf
Mowing should be done at a cutting height of 2.5 inches; in summer months leave it taller and up to 3 inches.
In one mowing do not mow over 1/3 off of the leaf. Use a rotary mower with sharp mower blades for mowing.
It may be necessary to mow every 5 to 7 days.
Mow when the grass is at 3.25 inches (8.2 cm)
The cutting height on the mower should be set to 2.5 inches (6.3 cm)
How To Water Tall Fescue Sod
Water only to supplement shortages in rainfall. Avoid using irrigation with fixed timer settings. Tall Fescue will perform the best when it gets around 1 inch of water every week.
Additional irrigation won’t be necessary when there is more than one inch of rain fall in a week. (Example: if during a growing week 1/2 inch of rain falls, then irrigate to apply 1/2 inch).
Don’t waste water from over watering; avoid standing and run-off water for any length of time.
Weed Control and Fertilization
Season Fertilizer (lbs/1000 sq ft) Weed Control (as needed)
Early Spring Feed and Weed For grassy weeds, pre-emerge
Later Spring Iron + 7 lbs 16-4-8 For broadleaf weeds, post-emerge
Summer Omit Fertilizer For broadleaf weeds, post-emerge
Early Fall Iron + 7 lbs 16-4-8 For broadleaf weeds, post-emerge
Fall Seeding Iron + 10 lbs 5-10-15 If seeding, omit pre-emerge
Fall Iron + 7 lbs 16-4-8 For broadleaf weeds, post-emerge
Fertilizing using Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone and Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 Plus Iron or Lawn Frogs Landscaping’s lawn care program.
Fertilize according to recommendations from your soil test and the information below.
Apply 2-4 pounds of nitrogen fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet every year. Start applying in the fall and continue through to spring, during the peak growing months for Fescue.
* Special note: your Tall Fescue lawn should not be fertilized in the summer months (June, July, August).
Preventive weed control is the best form of weed control. It is recommended that you apply weed and feed combinations during the spring and fall.
Weed and feed should not be applied 90 days before seeding. Read and follow the label directions when applying weed control.
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Fungus Control: During the humid, hot summer months Tall Fescue can be susceptible to fungus.
Taking preventative action is the best thing to do.
Apply fungus control during the summer months. Lawn fungicide applications should be started when low nighttime temperatures rise to 60 degrees F.
Preventative applications are typically made at 14-30 day intervals, and varies according to the specific fungicide.
Thatch Removal: If your lawn has grown thatchy, the thatch should be removed during the early fall and then reseeded. Rake heavily or use a dethatching machine. Collect all debris and remove it.
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