Maintaining a Fescue Lawn

Fescue grass is an excellent type of turf grass used in many lawns in the mid-west region.  Generally many people overlook the importance of regularly mowing, aerating, fertilizing, and seeding a fescue lawn.  Fescue grass is an excellent type of grass to use on many lawns in the mid-west region.  It is tolerant to drought and traffic.  Additionally it is fairly low maintenance and has an excellent green color.  One issue about fescue grass is that it does not spread naturally.  That is why it is important to regularly seed a fescue lawn.

Depending on the specific type of fescue, it is tolerant to a wide range of environmental conditions.  Fescue lawns are tolerant to drought and traffic.  Additionally many types of fescue grow fairly well in the shade and fine fescues are often used in shade mix blends of grass seed.  Of course no grass will grow in an area where the shade density is too high.  All grasses need some sunlight, although many fine fescues offer fairly good coverage in shady areas of the lawn.  Regularly aerating and seeding a fescue lawn helps promote deep root growth and fills in thin areas of the lawn.

Another great feature about fescue lawns are there low maintenance, when maintained properly.  Proper maintenance includes regular mowing, watering, fertilizing, and aerating.  Fescue grass should be kept around 2 to 3 inches tall.  When mowing it is important to only cut a maximum of 1/3 of the total plant.  Meaning if you keep the grass at 3 inches tall, then you should never cut more than 1 inch each time you mow.  This is very common with most turf grasses.  Watering is also very important to all turf grasses, although fescue generally needs less water than bluegrass or bent grasses.  At minimum, fescue grasses should be watered every 21 days with at least one inch of water.  This is much less than many other types of turf grass.  Regular fertilization is also important in maintaining a this fescue lawn.  Supplementing the soil with additional nutrients will detour pests and promote vigorous growth.

Finally it is important to aerate and seed a fescue lawn regularly.  This can not be stressed enough, when you want a thick stand of turf.  The best time to aerate and seed is in the fall when cool season grasses naturally germinate.  Aerating promotes deep root growth, which helps with drought tolerance.  Additionally, aerating helps naturally break down thatch levels, and creates a thicker, healthier stand of turf.  By following these standards you will have a thick, beautiful stand of turf, with fairly low maintenance.  All turf grasses need some maintenance but fescue grass is an excellent choice for low maintenance.

For more information or to request service contact SK Lawn Care at 816.372.4965 or visit our website at sklawncarekc.com

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