Every year around this time, we start see little glimmers of fall on the horizon. You start to notice mornings being a little bit cooler or the sight of kids in their new clothes waiting on the school bus each morning. Football begins to take over weekend schedules and inevitably the question about whether I should seed my fescue lawn again pops up.
The answer is… Yes.
North Carolina is located in what is called the transition zone. Basically what that means is growing turf around here will require a little extra effort because we are sometimes too hot for cool-season turf and too cold for warm-season grasses.
Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass are best suited for North Carolina’s hot summer weather, but neither of these turf types perform very well in shaded areas. That is where Fescue comes into play.
Fescue is a cool-season, clump type turfgrass. It does not spread out and develop density with underground rhizomes or stolons on the surface as warm-season turf does. Instead it has to be seeded every year to help repair any damage from drought, disease, insects or heavy traffic. Re-seeding introduces new plants into the turf, which as they grow and mature, will develop into a thick, healthy turf.
Fall is the best time of the season for fescue seeding. By seeding in the fall, seeds germinate and grow some before winter sets in. As the warmth of spring sets in, these seedlings continue to mature and develop into a dense turf. By the time summer heat and stress hits, your turf should be mature and be able to better stand up to the stresses of summer. This is especially important if you are trying to maintain fescue turf in full sun conditions.
Your Route Manager will be leaving behind information over the coming weeks for fescue seeding. Our seeding operation consists of using a top-quality blend of fescue seed, with zero weed seed. We aerate the soil, rake bare areas, apply a starter fertilizer, and leave detailed watering instructions. We then return in 3 weeks to overseed any thin areas and check on the progress. Now is the time to plan for seeding and secure your place in our busy schedule, so contact LawnAmerica today.