Fescue – Fertilizing Late in December

Q: What is the latest you can fertilize fescue? We had landscaping done in our yard a couple of weeks ago and I wonder if it is too late?

A: UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says you need a fertilizer that’s immediately dissolved by rain, not one that is “slow release”. Further, since you’re late for the fall fertilization, you can use a lighter rate of nitrogen. Apply four pounds of 15-0-15 or 18-0-18 per thousand square feet of lawn. Don’t forget your regular fescue fertilizer applications in February and April.