For many lawns in the Georgia area, tall fescue is the most popular type of grass to plant. Fescue is a perennial grass that grows quickly throughout the spring and fall when many warm-season turf grasses become dormant and turn brown. Not only is fescue grass easy to seed, but it also takes well in the humid Georgia climate and produces a beautiful, green lawn that remains vibrant from early spring through late fall.
The best time to seed with fescue grass is in the early autumn months, although it can be beneficial to reseed in late winter/early spring. To ensure your lawn looks its best year-round, heed these three spring seeding tips:
1. Prepare The Soil
Preparing the soil is one of the most important steps for creating a beautiful lawn. Though the preferred time to seed fescue grass is September and October, you will likely still have positive results by seeding in the early spring, when winter conditions are not as harsh and the soil is starting to thaw.
First, remove all debris like rocks and sticks. Then add topsoil, sand, and other organic matter to create an even surface, tilling these components in with the existing soil. Finally, till starter fertilizer four to six inches into the soil. (Note: be sure the fertilizer you use is recommended for the type of soil in your lawn. This can be determined by testing a soil sample.)
Only use quality fescue seed during the seeding process. A good rule of thumb is to plant five pounds of seed for every 1,000 square. Though this can be done by hand, using a mechanical spreader adds precision to the process. When seeding, divide the seed into equal parts. After evenly spreading the first half, spread the other half at a 90-degree angle to the initial direction – this will ensure full and complete coverage. Finally, lightly rake the seeded soil.
If you have waited until spring to seed, consider covering your seeded areas with straw mulch as this will help prevent erosion and retain moisture to ensure rapid germination and growth.
3. Water Properly
The most important aspect of keeping fescue seeds hydrated is to prevent any surface drying by watering lightly and often. Typically, fescue seeds respond well to daily watering or 1/8 inch for the first three weeks of germination. As the seed sprouts, decrease watering frequency and increase the amount of water used.
At WeedPro Lawn Care, we understand that lawn maintenance in Alpharetta can be time-consuming and demanding. Though necessary, the seeding process can often be a hassle, especially for busy individuals.
Whether you need seeding help, organic lawn care and landscaping assistance or more, WeedPro has your back. Contact us today or fill out a form for a free quote.