Tall fescue is a popular grass in Northwest Georgia. Fescue’s popularity comes from its long growing season and it’s low-cost to establish.
During hot dry summers, tall fescue may go dormant, or even die out. Additional problems include pests like crabgrass or white grub infestation, or diseases problems like brown patch.
All of these factors, however, can be overcome with proper management. Weeds often become a problem when grass thins. Large weedy areas can be spot treated with a non-selective herbicide such as glyphosate prior to reseeding.
Getting the seed in contact with the soil is necessary to assure successful reseeding.
First, mow the lawn at a height of 1-15 inches. Disturb the soil by coring or vertical mowing before and/or after seed distribution. Reseed very thin or bare areas at 2-5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Work the seed into the soil. Apply a starter fertilizer at about a pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
Finally, keep the soil moist. Irrigate lightly and often enough to prevent surface drying. This usually means daily watering of about 1/8 inch for the first three weeks.
As the seedlings develop, decrease the irrigation frequency and increase the amount of water applied until normal practices can be followed. Ensure that all tall fescue receives the recommended amount of water (about an inch per week) until well established. Deep watering encourages a healthy root system.
If you have any questions regarding fescue or other grass/turf problems, you are welcome to contact the extension office at 770-749-2142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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