Posts Tagged ‘Cool Season Grass Type’

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.

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Seeding Your Lawn in the Winter?!?

If you have a cool season grass type in your lawn then it is generally best to seed your lawn in the fall.  Fall is when cool season grasses naturally germinate and seeding at this time allows for the best possible outcome.  Many argue that the spring time is best for seeding, which is not entirely false.  The spring is the second best time to seed your lawn using a cool season grass.  The main reason why fall is a more advantageous time to seed is because of the soil temperature   Since the soil is still warm from the summer, grass seed germinates much faster than in cooler soil still warming up from winter frost.


Why would we be discussing seeding your lawn in the winter if the fall has already past?


Many times after  there are still weak spots from traffic, birds, and nature.  Additionally, leaves fall after it is best to seed, so you may rake out some new grass trying to keep your lawn clear of leaves.  That is how we find ourselves discussing “dormant seeding” or seeding in the winter time.  Dormant seeding seems to work best with a little bit of snow on the ground to help the seed and moisture leach into the ground.  This will result in a thicker lawn in the spring.  Of course the more seed you apply to your lawn the thicker it will be, so if you seed in the fall, seed in the winter, and seed in the spring, the weak spots in your lawn should be less prevalent.   As long as you have been watering.  Moisture is very key in the germination of seed.  Too much moisture and your seed will flow out of place, either off the property or to low areas, causing uneven distribution of grass.  Not enough moisture and the seed will either not germinate or baby grass will be malnourished for proper growth.  By placing seed in the snow, usually best to have about 1-2 inches of accumulation, the soil will naturally absorb both the seed and moisture.  Even if the temperature does not drop to melt the snow for some time the seed will remain frozen preventing early germination.

Adding an additional round of seeding in the winter, where the seed stays frozen to prevent early germination and additional moisture is stored in the ground, can be very beneficial to your lawn.  This is not the best time to seed your lawn, but it is a good time to recover weak spots.  Of course you can seed numerous times per year and still not have a thick healthy lawn with out a proper nutrition and maintenance plan.  Frequent mowing and fertilization applications can go a long way in maintaining an attractive property.