Fescue grasses are one-of-a-kind. Aside from their ability to stay green all year-round, they are also shade-tolerant and drought-resistant. So, if you are thinking of having your own fescue lawn, it is definitely a wonderful idea. Now, making your fescue lawn thick, healthy, and green may pose some challenges. In fact, a lot of things in your fescue lawn can be greatly affected by the season and your actual location. You also need to accomplish varied tasks in order to keep it looking lush. Here are some green tips:
- Determine your lawn’s health condition. Your lawn is healthy when its soil is healthy. Gardening experience can certainly give you the advantage in knowing a healthy lawn just by looking at it. Now, if you are a gardening newbie, you may need to take a soil sample and bring it to a horticultural facility for analysis. However, if you are still in the process of “creating” or “building” your lawn, get sample soil kits and use them as your reference. Kits are available in Home Depot, Lowe’s, or in any of your community garden stores. You need the kits to learn about the chemical components of your lawn. If the soil characteristics are not similar to that of the kits, then, it means that what you have can readily waste big money. It may not work efficiently with fertilizers. If your lawn is healthy, the first task is done. You may add iron, calcium, and lime to your soil before your put your fertilizers. Iron and calcium help to soften your soil. They also permit moisture to get into your grass rooting system.
- Prepare to aerate your lawn. You have two options here. First, you can simply rent an aerator and do the job. Or, second, you scout for a reputable lawn care company to properly aerate your lawn. After aeration, seed then water your lawn thoroughly. If you want the new seed to grow strong, water them daily. Gardening experts reveal that watering at night is not advisable. It permits fungus to thrive in your lawn. Grasses also start to grow brown spots.
- Manage your lawn from winter to spring. During winter, apply an ample amount of Scott’s Wintergard to your lawn. The application ensures strong roots and controls weed. During spring, combine Scott’s Summergard and water control fertilizer. Then, apply them generously into your lawn and then water systematically.
- Maintain your fescue lawn. As a rule, avoid trimming your lawn too short. You don’t want the grasses to burn, particularly under the summer heat. Ideal height is about three inches. Never attempt to cut shorter than that.
Keeping your fescue lawn lush requires patience and time. You need to spend money on fertilizers and look after weed control. Whenever necessary, you should also pull out weeds in your lawn, with your bare hand. The tedious process lets your lawn grow thick enough and eventually choke weeds. When applying and handling fertilizers, don’t forget to wear your safety gear.