Fescue

RESCUE THE FESCUE – A FALL PLANTING GUIDE

Early October ushers in our yearly fescue planting frenzy. Unirrigated fescue lawns reach their low point this season and many homeowners are making plans to overseed or to plant anew. This year’s planting period will be complicated by the water...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

It is not as important as you think it is, but I know your first thought is what fescue seed to buy. Read this: Choosing a Fescue Variety and then come back. Even in a drought, fescue can be planted...

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Fescue FAQ

Fall is the best season to plant fescue seed. Nights are cool, days are warm….and best of all, you don’t have to sweat as much as you work! I’ve assembled some of my most helpful pages of fescue planting information:...

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Stress on Fescue – Summer

Fescue lawns can look devastated in the summer. I often see brown, lifeless patches in front of homes across the region. While extreme summer daytime heat is partly to blame, a less noticed factor is also at play: high night...

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Fescue – Fertilizing

Fescue grass is a cool-season grass. It does the majority of its productive growth between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be concentrated in the fall, winter and early spring. The amount of fertilizer to apply should...

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Watersaver RTF – Homeowner Comments

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the summer of 2005 I asked for...

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Titan fescue – Homeowner Comments

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the summer of 2005 I asked for...

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Fescue – Yellow Patches in Fall & Winter

Yellow patches in fescue lawns that were planted this fall are not signs of disease. The seedlings are yellow because cold temperatures stopped photosynthesis. A few warm days in mid-December will kick-start the growth process and the yellow patches will...

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Fescue – Wheat Sprouts

Q: I planted seed three weeks ago. The grass has come up nicely but there are some tall sprouts that are twice as big as the rest of the grass. What are they? A: Did you use wheat straw to...

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Fescue – Weeds

Because fescue tends to thin out in summer, it can become overgrown with weeds in a few years. Mowing fescue too low is an excellent way to invite weeds to grow! Weed control occurs in two ways: by preventing the...

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Fescue – Watering

The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

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Fescue – Varieties

There are several different varieties of fescue lawn seed available. Kentucky 31 fescue was originally used as a pasture grass. It can make a marginally acceptable lawn grass but it tends to become thin and clumpy over a few years...

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Fescue – Use Leftover Seed

Q: Can I use fescue seed that I had left over from last spring? A: If it was stored in a cool, dry, dark spot, the seed should be fine. If it became very hot, if it was soaked with...

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Fescue – Seeding vs. Using a Pre-emergent

In a perfect world, science would discover chemicals that could tell the difference between a “weed” and the grass you desire. The product would give you a pristine lawn of a single grass species. The garden world, however, is not...

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Fescue – RTF (Water Saver) Variety

You might have seen the television ads with the bald guy stating that he can’t repair his hair but that now you can have a fescue lawn that will repair itself. I recently got a PR package from Barenbrug USA,...

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Fescue – Removing from Bermuda Lawns

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (Roundup) on green winter weeds or fescue grass when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice — and with much caution. The...

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Fescue – Removing Bermuda

When bermudagrass invades fescue, the lawn looks “odd” in winter. Some parts are brown and some parts are green. Here are some tips: Q: I have heard you discuss on your radio show removing bermudagrass from fescue lawns. In my...

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Fescue – Planting Seed – New Lawn

Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting. • Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the amount of lime and fertilizer recommended by a soil test...

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