Fine fescue species include creeping red, chewings, hard, and sheep fescue. All fine-leaf fescues are bunch-type grasses except creeping red fescue which is rhizomatous. Fine fescues are some of the most fine-textured turfgrasses available. Due to their superb shade tolerance and ability to recuperate from stresses, fine fescues are often mixed with tall fescue to enhance performance in shady areas.
lawn Maintenance for June - August
Avoid coring tall fescue lawns at this time.
Check for brown patch disease.
DO NOT fertilize tall fescue at this time. Submit a soil sample for analysis to determine nutrient requirements. (Contact your county Extension Center for details.)
Check for and control white grubs in July and August.
Either water as needed to prevent drought or allow the lawn to go dormant. About 1 inch of water per application each week is adequate for irrigated lawns. Sandy soils often require more frequent watering, or about ½ inch of water every third day. Do not discontinue irrigation in midsummer. Water dormant lawns every three weeks in the absence of rain.
Raise mower height to 3 ½ inches. Mow before the grass gets above 5 inches tall. Remember grasscycling and leave clippings on the lawn.
Western Region Only! (See September-November for Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.) Overseed thin, bare areas as grass begins to respond to cooler temperatures; about August 15 to September 1. Use a blend of tall fescue cultivars at 6 pounds per thousand square feet. Apply a starter-type fertilizer at the time of seeding. Keep the seedbed moist with light, frequent sprinklings several times a day to ensure good germination.
It is not necessary to remove thatch.
Avoid the use of herbicides at this time.
panicle; seedhead is a closed, coarse panicle
leaves folded in the bud
membranous; rounded, 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long
Growth Season/Life Cycle
cool season turf
Leaf blade tip shape
sharp-pointed; bristle-like with whitish cast, deeply ridged on inner surface
absent except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short
indistinct, divided in some species, continuous in others