SUN COUNTRY BLEND Lawn Fescue (Turf Fescue)
25, or 50 lb. Bag see GREAT Planting Video below!
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Seeding Rate & Planting Time
* New turf: 8 - 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet or 350 - 450 lbs/acre for broadcast seeding
* Overseeding older fescue: 3 - 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet or 80 - 100 lbs per acre for broadcast over seeding
* Planting times start a minimum of 8 weeks before killing frost in late fall, mid to late September through October in southern areas, when soil temperature reaches 55 degrees in late winter through early spring, April 1st is normal deadline in southern areas. Prefered fall plantings.
1. Remove all debris and weeds from the lawn site.
2. Lay a 1-inch layer of compost over the soil and rake it in gently with a ceramic rake.
3. Place half the recommended amount (based on package directions) of grass seed in a seed broadcaster.
4. Push the broadcaster across the lawn site, distributing the seed in even rows.
5. Fill the seed broadcaster with the remaining grass seed.
6. Push the broadcaster across the lawn site perpendicular to your original direction of travel to distribute the remaining grass seed.
7. Rake the seed lightly to push it into the soil. Cover the seed with a fine layer (1/4 inch) of soil.
Proper Watering to start seedling.
1. Water the soil with a gentle sprinkler two or three times per day for 20 minutes. Continue this regimen for the first three weeks, or until grass germinates. Thereafter, water the grass two to three times per week to keep the soil evenly moist.
2. Fertilize the lawn with a seed-starting fertilizer or use our Agri Gro product under organic section after planting, according to package directions. Water the soil to activate the fertilizer or AgriGro.
3. Mow the lawn when the fescue grass stands 2-3 inches tall. Maintain it at this height for best results.
Water your fescue lawn well during the summer months. Water should saturate to a depth equal to the depth of the roots. Cut a small piece of sod if you are unsure. Footprinting--leaving footprints that don't disappear within an hour--is a way to see if your grass needs watering.
Fescue should be mowed to a height between 2 and 3 inches. Frequent mowing leaves fewer grass clippings. This allows the clippings to decompose and fertilize the lawn rather than choking it with a layer of thatch.
Thatch is a dense layer of dead grass roots and stems that can choke a lawn. Tall fescue is resistant to thatch but it can be a problem with fine fescue. If thatch does build up, you may need to hire a professional to remove it.
Fescue lawns should be fertilized with about 1/2 to 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn in late spring. If you remove grass clippings during the mid-summer you should fertilize again in the late summer. If clippings are left, late summer fertilizing may not be necessary.
Examine your lawn in late summer for infestation of white grubs and other lawn pests. If they are present, apply a commercial insect control product according to package directions.