Turf-type Tall Fescue has become a very popular turf grass in many areas of the country. Although it is considered a cool-season grass, many improved cultivars have proven to be heat and drought tolerant. With proper management, tall fescue will provide green cover year around. Recommended for residential and commercial landscapes, golf courses and parks. Also utilized on athletic fields, recreation areas and roadside in northern areas.
Very good performance in areas up to 70% shade. Requires 30% filtered or direct sunlight. Will gradually thin out in areas of total shade.
If properly cared for, will maintain green color year around in most areas. Cool season grasses show slower growth in summer months. Can go into summer dormancy when irrigation is not applied.
Has medium to high irrigation requirements. Established fescue will tolerate brief periods of drought. Irrigation should be available in Southern areas.
Has very good tolerance to traffic after established. Recovers well from
wear, especially in cool season. Is considered a bunch grass and does not spread. May become necessary to overseed.
RULES OF THUMB MAINTENANCE:
The amount and frequency of watering, mowing and fertilizing depends upon the desired appearance of your turfgrass. Guidelines for maintenance procedures are offered below as good rules of thumb to follow on an as needed basis in maintaining healthy turfgrass with an attractive appearance.
To avoid wilting and encourage deep root growth, apply 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water in a single application every 5 to 7 days during hot and dry periods of summer months. During spring and fall, apply 1 inch of water per week in absence of rainfall.
Mow regularly with a reel or rotary mower at 2-3 inches. In summer months or shaded conditions, 3 inch cutting heights preferred. Irregular mowing practices may result in high buildups of thatch, which will require verticutting, mulching or removal. Suggested not removing more than 113 of the leaf growth during a single mowing.
Apply 112 to 1 Ibs per 1000SF of a full analysis fertilizer containing higher nitrogen, phosphate and potassium; such as 28-13-13 in mid-September and early March. To maintain a deep green color and density additional nitrogen may be applied in April, May and October at rate of 1 to 1 112 Ibs per 1000 SF Suggest obtaining a soil test for specific fertilizer requirements. Do not fertilize in June, July or August.
Weed growth competes with turfgrass growth. Good maintenance practices of your turfgrass help eliminate weed problems. However, it may be necessary even under the best of care, to apply herbicides to maintain weed free turfgrass. Contact your local County Extension agent or herbicide dealer for recommendations for your type turfgrass.
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