Overseeding Fescue in The Fall

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When those sunny, warm summer days start coming to a close, it can only mean one thing: Fall season is here! But Fall isn’t just about all the pumpkin-flavored food, drinks, and other products that start to roll out onto the shelves.

Fall is the best season for taking care of your lawn and landscape with services such as Fall clean-up, winterization, beginning landscape installation projects, and even overseeding fescue.

Benefits of Fescue Grass

Fescue grass is among the best lawn grass seeds to plant in Oklahoma during the cool season. Some of the characteristics that make it perfect for your lawn include:

  • Tolerance through drought
  • Shade tolerance
  • Moderately rapid germination rate
  • Suitability to different conditions
  • Ability to stay green all year long

But what if you currently have another type of grass on your lawn? The perfect solution is overseeding your lawn with high-quality fescue seed.

Fall Fescue Overseeding

Fall is the best time of year to overseed your lawn with fescue grass because it’s when your lawn is at its weakest. After long, hot, dry summers have done their damage on your grass, adding this type of grass seed will allow cool-season fescue to give your lawn new life.

Even though fescue grass grows best in the cool temperatures of Fall and Spring, there’s a proper way of taking on this landscape project.

Prepping for Fescue Overseeing

Before overseeding your lawn, you should have your soil tested at least two weeks before you want to overseed so that your lawn. The soil test will determine if it needs any nutrients from lime or fertilizers. If they are required, apply them as soon as possible to get your lawn ready.

Another aspect of preparing ahead of time is determining the type of fescue grass you want to plant. Then, you will have the choice of:

  • Tall fescue. Adapts to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. It’s known for having a medium to a coarse texture to tolerate higher temperatures, drought, and wear.
  • Fine fescue. Refers to other strains, like chewings, hard and red fescues that have narrower leaf blades. Keep in mind this type of fescue doesn’t do good under warm temperatures

Fescue Overseeding

On the day of overseeding, mow your current lawn down to about one and a half inches to allow the new seedlings to compete with the existing lawn. Make sure to clean up any debris or vegetation.

When overseeing, you will get full coverage easier if you seed in a grid-like pattern, which means you spread half of the seeds from north to south and the other half from east to west. For about two weeks, water thoroughly once to twice daily. The key to successful germination is to keep the soil constantly moist.

Other Tips For Fescue Overseeding

You want to do as much as you can to guarantee the successful growth of your new fescue lawn. Some of these techniques include:

  • Leveling out any high or low points
  • Aerate your lawn
  • Mulch your lawn with an organic compost

This task might not seem as easy as you thought, but the Moyer Lawncare and Landscape experts are ready to overseed your lawn with fescue seeds this Fall. 

Contact us today for your free estimate!

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