Lawn Care

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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Fescue – Planting Seed – Existing Lawn

PREPARATION Decide how you will disturb the soil without harming the existing grass. The best choices are to either core aerate or to verticut. Both processes are done with motorized machines available at rental outlets. If the lawn is covered...

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Fescue – Planting in Shade

As landscapes mature, lawns which were once sun-drenched gradually turn shady. Grass near trees begins to thin and shade-loving weeds, such as violets, begin to encroach. Some kinds of grass are naturally sun-loving – they have a hard time growing...

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Fescue – Planting Sod

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 recommended amount of lime and fertilizer (1-800-ASKUGA-1) • If you...

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Fescue – Mowing

Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

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Fescue – Late Planting Trick

Sometimes even the best planting calendars are moot… you have to plant grass even though it is the “wrong” time. Here are some tips and the thoughts of a turf specialist. Q: Last week we had to have our sewer...

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Fescue – How to Have a Losing Lawn

Anyone can predict the winners. It takes a real pro, though, to predict the losers of football games. Based in Athens, Leonard Postosties once broadcast his pigskin prognostications, called “Leonard’s Losers”, each week. Listening to Leonard a few years ago,...

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Fescue – General Notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Tall fescue is a fast-growing turfgrass that maintains some shade of green year-round. It looks best fall through spring, but has problems when grown on hard soil...

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Fescue – Diseases

Fescue lawns can withstand diseases if they are properly cared for. This includes fertilizing properly, mowing at the right height and watering when needed. It is better to control diseases by proper maintenance than by using fungicides. There are four...

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