It’s July, it’s hot, and it’s pretty dry also. With temperatures in the 90’s for the past several weeks, it’s pretty rough not only on outdoor workers such as the LawnAmerica guys treating lawns, it’ tough on your fescue turf also. Fescue is a cool-season grass, which is obviously not the case now in Carolina. So no matter what a homeowner does, fescue is just not going to look real great in July and August in the Carolinas It’s just too hot, and it just sits there, and doesn’t even grow much, while fading to a brownish color if it’s dry. I actually wish more folks in Charlotte would go with Bermudagrass or Zoysiagrass, both warm-season turf which does well here in full sun. But with shade areas, Fescue is your best bet. And up in the higher elevations of Asheville, it is not quite as hot, so Fescue does better there.
Good irrigation will help, so supply about 1.5” per week of water if Mother Nature does not help us. Water early in the mornings about 3-4 times per week, not every day. Raise your mowing height on Fescue now, which will help the root system grow deeper and pick up that deep soil moisture, if it’s there.
At LawnAmerica, we treat fescue lawns totally different in the heat of summer. Applying the same type of fertilizer to Fescue in summer as we use on warm-season turf such as bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass could burn and damage the Fescue. Therefore, we use either a granular fertilizer product with mainly organic material and a bio-stimulate named Humic DG, or in most cases, will apply our liquid Soilbuilder to the lawn. This will not burn the turf in summer and can be safely applied. Both products will supply very small amounts of slow-release nitrogen, some iron, and mainly organic soil ammendments which help to feed and improve the soil. This helps Fescue to remain as healthy as possible during the heat of summer, while helping the turf to utilize soil nutrients more effectively in fall as the Fescue recovers from summer stress, and new Fescue plants are added with seeding in the fall.
So rest assured that LawnAmerica knows the drill on caring for Fescue properly and using the right materials at the right time. With our 32 years of experience in caring for turf, and by keeping up with the latest innovations on lawn care products, your Fescue will survive this hot summer just fine, as long as you do your part with proper watering and mowing.