Fescue Lawn – Mowing

Q: My recently seeded fescue lawn is now lush, green, and growing very tall. Is it time to cut the lawn now and during winter?

A: Yes, your fescue needs to be mowed when it becomes unkempt. Three inches tall is the recommended mowing height. Since the ground is often soggy in winter, don’t use the same mowing pattern time after time: you’ll get ruts and compact the soil where the wheels travel. Vary the pattern between normal, perpendicular to normal and at a 45 degree angle to normal.