To avoid dryout, newly planted Fescue should be watered daily 2-4 times per day, depending on the temperature, for the first two weeks. For the next two weeks, continue to water daily but reduce the amount of water. Once established, water needs will be less compared to bluegrass, as Fescue grows a deep root system that is able to tap into deeper water sources, making it more heat and drought tolerant. Many factors influence lawn water requirements. Fescue may need up to 2 inches of water per week under hot, dry, windy summer days, but will require much less when the weather is cool or cloudy. Fescue is best maintained with deep, infrequent irrigation to promote deep and healthy root system.
The minimum height for Fescue lawns is 2.5 inches. The preferred mowing height is 2.5-3.5 inches. Mowing less than the recommended height can result in decreased drought and heat tolerance and higher incidence of insects, diseases and weeds. Mow Fescue often enough so no more than 1/3 of the grass height is removed at any single mowing to prevent scalping. Mow every 3-4 days during the spring when it is actively growing, but only once every 7-10 days when growth is slowed by heat, drought, or cold.\
The below comments are meant only as a general guideline and should be adjusted according to conditions. Soil tests are encouraged to establish a scientific basis for fertility decisions.
Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for promoting good turf color and growth. Do not over stimulate the turf with excess Nitrogen, especially during spring and summer. Balanced fertilizers contain various amounts of phosphorus, potassium, iron, and sulfur. They are a good safeguard against a potential nutrient deficiency.
March–April: ½ Lb N/ 1000 SqFt
May–June: ½-1 Lb N / 1000 Sq.Ft.
July–August: Not Required
September-November: 1-2 Lb N / 1000Sq.Ft.
Very uniform, dense, Medium blade width
Fescue tolerates a relatively wide range of soil types but is best suited to well drained, sandy soils. Fescue is recommended where higher than normal sodium levels are present.
Rhizomateous properties enhance wear tolerance, and “self filling” properties, as well as making it very competitive against weed invasion.
|90/10 Fescue varieties:||Characteristics|
|• Memphis Turf-Type Tall Fescue (30%)||Extreme Dark Color
Great traffic tolerance
|• Rhizing Star Turf-Type Tall Fescue (30%)||Rhizomateous Tall Fescue
Resistant to Brown Patch, and other common diseases
|• Saltillo Tall Fescue (30%)||Well adapted to lower fertility soils
Produces rhizomes and large numbers of tillers
Excellent heat tolerance and heat resistance
|• Bandera Texas Hybrid Bluegrass (10%)||Maintains excellent turf uniformity
Second Generation hybrid
Improved color and texture over Thermal Blue