You’ve grown your Elite Tall Fescue with care from its very first sprout. Now follow these steps to maintain the unique blend selected especially for the lawn of your dreams.
|Mow when grass is this tall:||3.25 inches (8.2cm)|
|Set cutting height of mower to:||2.5 inches (6.3cm)|
Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings.
Tall Fescue performs best when it receives at least 1 inch of water per week; 2 inches in the heat of summer.
If one (two in the heat) or more inches of rainfall occurs in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.)
Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)
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|Month||Fertilizer & Weed Control (lbs/1,000 sq.ft.)||Timing|
|Feb||16-4-8 + Iron w/ pre-emergent @ 6 lbs.||First Week|
|April||16-4-8 + Iron w/ pre-emergent @ 6 lbs.||First Week|
|July||5-10-30* + Iron w/ Acelepryn (insecticide) @ 5 lbs.||Second Week|
|Sept||5-10-30* + Iron @ 6 lbs. (no pre-emergent)**||Second Week|
|Nov||16-4-8 + Iron @ 6 lbs.||middle of month|
**Be sure to omit pre-emergent when overseeding in Autumn
Fungus Control: Tall Fescue sod is susceptible to fungus during the hot, humid summer months. It is best to take preventative action and apply fungicide during the warm months by following the schedule below.
To care for your Tall Fescue lawn like a pro, we recommend applying Professional Grade Fungicide every 14-28 days during summer, coupled with 5 preventative cultural practices. Begin lawn fungicide applications when nighttime low temperatures rise to 60°F.
|May||Professional fungicide||Second Week|
|June||Professional fungicide||Second Week|
|July||Professional fungicide||Second Week|
|Aug||Professional fungicide||Second Week|
Thatch Removal: Tall Fescue doesn’t build up a layer of thatch in the same way that it builds up in warm season lawns. However, if the lawn has become “thatchy” with dried-up leaf debris from the summer, remove the debris in early fall before you reseed. Use a commercial dethatching machine or rake heavily. Collect and remove all debris.