September 16, 2011 Off

Lawn Emergency? Fescue to the Rescue

By in Lawn Care

Mid-September and the enterprising homeowner’s mind turns to fanciful thoughts of… fescue. At least here in the Upstate. While it may be persnickety, fescue grass can give you a lush, green lawn throughout most of the year. But, as with most grasses, timing is everything.

Fescue is a cool season grass and comes in several varieties. Tolerant of shade and having good drought resistance, fescue may be worth the work if you are looking to upgrade your lawn with quality grass. In this area, September 15 to October 15 is the optimal time to prepare your soil and lay the seed. During the summer months, you will need to spread your lime and kill weeds, but note that some weedkillers should not be used within four weeks of seeding, as they will interfere with germination.

Right about now — the middle of September — is a good time to aerate your soil. In cases where grass has not been established, general aeration will not cut it and you need to break out the tiller, add compost, rake and smooth before seeding and fertilizing. (Professional landscapers emphasize the importance of thorough soil preparation. If you contract the experts, the amount of time they spend on aerating your soil will surprise you, especially if grass has not been growing or you have rough spots on your lawn.) Lightly watering up to three times a day will help with seed germination. But fescue requires attention long after the seeds are on the ground. In six weeks, a second fertilization is necessary and in February you will need to apply a preemergence. March brings another fertilization and ten weeks after initial preemergence, you apply preemergence again.

A fescue lawn is an investment in time, and sometimes an exercise in patience, but the results make it all worthwhile. You may be wiping your brow and catching your breath just thinking about it. If you feel a little intimidated, you may want to call in the cavalry and hire experienced professionals to undertake this task. They can take care of lime application, weed control, seeding, insect control, and fertilizing. Once the grass is established and you are enjoying the new blanket of green in your yard, you may want professionals to take care of the upkeep as well with mowing, pruning, and fertilizing throughout the year to keep your grass looking its best. Getting a fescue lawn can be frustrating, but perhaps with the help and experience of landscapers, your neighbors will be grass green with envy.

Written by Rich Regan - Blue Dot Landscaping - Visit Website

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