Fescue Grass Care

The Essential Guide to Fescue Grass Care

There is slightly more to fescue grass care than just watering it and giving it its share of fertilizers. Coming up is a low down on precisely that.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Dec 9, 2017
They say that the grass is always greener on the other side. But when it is fescue, the grass is always greener on your side. Primarily, fescue is the name given to a group of grasses native to Europe. However, it is widely exported all across the globe. It is used in grazing pastures, landscaping, and ornamental gardening. Although the grass is well suited for a range of climates, it prefers cooler temperatures. Fescue is available for growing in the form of sod and seeds.

Caring for Fescue Grass

Fescue has two main varieties: broad and fine leaved. While the broad leaved or tall fescue can take a little heat, the fine leaved variety is not as tolerant. The grass is best planted from mid-February through mid-April or from mid-September through mid-November.

Watering
Once you sow the seeds, it is important to not let them dry. You will have to water it till germination takes place; it needs to remain moist throughout. Post sprouting, your fescue will require 2 inches of water (minimum) every week. A six-ounce tuna can or a rain gauge will help you know how much water you are using. Watering the grass thoroughly and deeply is important. Naturally, during summers it will need more water. If you have planted a fescue sod, water it every 2 to 3 days, as the season and temperature demands. Moreover, keep it under light shade.

Keep it Away from Germs
Fertilizers have to be used at least thrice a year, as per the season. For instance, the fertilizers you use in October have to manufactured specifically for fall. These products are meant for strengthening the grass's root system and to prevent it from winter. Slow release lawn food, high in nitrogen, can be used in late February or in early March. Avoid using fertilizers in summer.

Tall fescue has to be maintained at a height of one to two inches; prune it accordingly.

Caring for Blue Fescue Grass

Blue fescue is basically an ornamental grass and gives a lovely grayish-blue tinge to your garden foliage. Its radiating shape adds another decorative aspect to your lawn. Plant it in early spring, in a well-drained, fertile soil with partial shade to full sun exposure.

Watering
The soil for this type has to be well drained. Avoid watering the grass too much. A few weeks after you have planted the plant, water it only when it is dry.

Weed Care
For keeping the fescue on a tight weed control and to retain moisture, spread a 2-inch layer of mulch. In addition to this, use a balanced fertilizer every spring. Place the fertilizer at the soil level and water it well. A granular or liquid fertilizer can be used.

Pruning and Cutting
Whenever you see flowers on your blue fescue, prune it. Growth of new foliage is increased by this. Longer flowering stems are a hindrance to the growth; chop them off. For keeping the plant in good shape, cut it in ⅓ of its size in the spring. In addition to this, divide the mounds for encouraging new growth.

At the end of the day, a bit of proper attention is what fescue grass asks for. It is comparatively an easy grass to take care of and is worth the toil.