For many people, picturing your beautiful, ideal home includes a manicured immaculate lawn, especially when it’s the deep green of healthy tall fescue. In fact, this can be one of the first things people notice when they look at your house – and it can be a deal-maker when selling. A beautiful lawn can be hard to achieve since there are so many opportunistic vines and weeds that love to take root along with your grass. However, if you’re going to invest in green tall fescue sod, you should also take the time to learn how to take care of it. Read on for lawn care tips for caring for your tall fescue sod.
Make Sure That Tall Fescue Is The Right Choice
Tall fescue is a very popular choice in this area because it is beautiful and hardy. This tall, dark green, coarse grass is adapted to cool seasons, but it does remarkably well in the heat and is more drought-tolerant than other cool-season grasses. It is also shade tolerant and relatively disease-resistant, and it grows well in the mid-south region of the US and northward. While it requires less constant maintenance than many other grasses, it grows in clumps which means it may need to be reseeded seasonally, especially if you notice thinning due to heat stress.
Meeting Care And Maintenance Needs
Before laying tall fescue sod, you should do a soil test to see if you need to add nutrients or lime (tall fescue prefers a pH between 5.5 and 7.5). Once your soil is ready, you can lay the sod any time of year except the height of summer or when the ground is frozen in winter. Once you’ve laid your sod, water it deeply (to at least 4″ depth) every three weeks and mow it to a height of 2″-4″. You should not need to fertilize often – leaving grass clippings can usually do the trick.
Pests And Other Potential Problems
Tall fescue can be susceptible to pests such as white grubs, sod webworms, cutworms, armyworms, and others. The best way to prevent extensive damage is to be vigilant and watch for the first signs of these pests so you can stop them before they spread. Tall fescue can also succumb to brown patch in regions where temperatures go above 85 and there is high humidity. High overnight temperatures also can make brown patch worse. Another potential problem during the heat of summer is weeds. When tall fescue thins in response to heat stress, it makes room for crabgrass and other weeds. Getting these out as soon as you notice them is key.
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