Guide to planting and maintaining fescue grass!

Cool-season, turf-like fescue grass is perfect for northerners and homeowners living in harsh, dry climates. It is strong, resistant to groups of fast-spreading weeds, and surprisingly self-sufficient. Also, if you have active children or pets at home, you, too, could benefit from applying a sample patch of fescue grass to your yard. Here is how you can grow and maintain it.

Start by planting the seeds late spring or early fall (fall is the best choice). Before seeding, be sure all weeds surrounding your planting area are cleared out and till the area approximately six inches deep. Also, rake the area and remove any large rocks or old piles of sod. Depending on the intensity and duration of the seasons surrounding your living environment, some people will need to start the seeding process earlier than others. Once soil temperatures reach the low-to-mid 60s (Fahrenheit), you will likely see good results.

Remember, over-seeding is required when working with this type of grass. People generally over seed in October to help the grass recover from the times the grass suffered against the humidity and frequent showers during the summer. Beyond that, mow the grass between 2-3 inches every few months and leave the clippings on the ground. The clippings act as an additional layer of fertilizer.

Fescue grass requires consistent maintenance in the summer, which won't work well for everyone. If you are willing to put the work in, your grass will stand strong through the duration of Winter. You will no longer feel stressed about a lawn that looks like a leaking brown slushy once spring arrives.

For more information on the fescue grass seeding process or assistance with locating equipment, stop in, and a store associate will help you!