Fescue is a cool-season lawn grass that thrives in cooler climates and transition zones. It is well-suited for cool, moist growing conditions. Fescue doesn't do well in dry weather, and needs to be frequently watered in the summer. An irrigation system or the ability to extensively water your lawn is recommended.
Fescue is considered the perfect grass for transitional areas that are too hot for other types of cool season grasses and too cool for warm season grasses. Fescue does particularly well in areas that are heavily shaded.
|Hot Weather Tolerance:||Poor|
|Mowing Height:||2-4 inches once/week. Disease, Weed, and Insect Resistance: Fairly good weed control and good fungus control during cool months. Will require some attention during hot months.|
Soil and Fertilizer:
Grows well in clay to sandy soils neutral to alkalize soils. Above tolerance for acidic soils p.H. level of 4.5 to 8.5. Need 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 feet per growing month or every 45 days. Fertilize twice per year with 10 pounds of 10-10-10 per 1,000 feet.
During sod establishment, water every day so that the soil is soaked 3-4 inches deep. Do not allow to wilt. An additional watering might be needed. The primary watering should be done between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Established sod should be watered every day during the hot months and about every 4-7 days during cooler months.
Every 4-7 days at height of 2-4 inches.