If your grass isn’t able to thrive on its own, you might need to give it a little push through fertilization. In addition to water, you’ll add a fertilizer (a chemical or natural substance) to the soil to increase its fertility. Different grasses require different care, so today we’re focusing on fertilizing fescue lawns. We recommend a six-step program that accomplishes several goals including boosting the grass’s green color, preventing grubs, and spot-treating pesky broadleaf weeds. To learn more about fertilizing fescue lawns, scroll down for some tips and tricks.
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Fertilizing Fescue Lawns
First, let’s discuss our six-step lawn care program for fescue. This is a year-long program that ensures your grass remains healthy, vibrant, and free of pests and weeds. If you don’t have time to complete the process yourself, hire a professional; but if you cherish your green thumb, try tackling the project yourself. Ready to mark your calendar?
- EARLY SPRING. The fertilization program for fescue starts in the spring when fertilizer is applied to enhance the grass’s green color and prevent annual weeds like crabgrass and foxtail.
- LATE SPRING. Then, later in the spring, those weeds are attacked again with a product that prevents broadleaf weeds and controls dandelions and clover. It also keeps your lawn healthy and rich in color.
- GRUB CONTROL. After that, we turn our attention to the grubs to prevent a harmful infestation. Grub control is crucial if you don’t want your grass to be damaged by these beetle larvae. If uncontrolled, the damage will be most evident in August and September.
- SUMMER. In the summertime, we apply fertilizer to help your grass maintain its color and health throughout the hot months to come. Broadleaf weeds are spot-treated as well.
- FALL. Next, in the fall, when your grass may be looking dehydrated, we rebuild the turf that was damaged during the stress of summer. Again, broadleaf weeds are spot-treated.
- WINTER. Finally, in the wintertime, we apply liquid lime and fertilizer to ensure that the fescue will have a large food reserve for spring and early summer. This prep work will be worth it when your grass livens up again in the spring, healthy and robust with a strong green pigment.
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As you fertilize your fescue throughout the year, keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Start fertilizing your fescue in the early spring. Avoid fertilizing in the summer.
- Don’t remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at once when mowing.
- Check your lawn for brown patch disease, which is most common in the summertime.
- Conduct soil tests to determine your lawn’s nutrient needs.
- Overseed in September or October and apply a high-phosphorous fertilizer at that time.
Nixa Lawn Service: Your Full-Service Lawn Care Specialists
Finally, if fertilizing fescue lawns isn’t your forte, call a professional for help! Homeowners in the southwest Missouri area should contact the full-service lawn care specialists at Nixa Lawn Service. You might be interested in the fertilization method we mentioned above, known as our 6-step fertilization program for fescue and bluegrass, which keeps your lawn green, prevents grubs, rebuilds turf, and controls weeds like dandelions, broadleaf, and clover. To learn more, call 417-724-0318 or request a quote online. We look forward to hearing from you!