How To Fertilize A Fescue Lawn

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This article will teach you how to fertilize a fescue lawn.
by Brett · Zone 3A · -40° to -35° F to Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · June 28, 2010 · 15,644 views

Fertilizing a Fescue Lawn

There are many brands and many types of fertilizers you can use on your Fescue or Bluegrass lawn and each uses a slightly different blend of nutrients.

How often does a Fescue or Bluegrass lawn need to be fed?
This depends on where you are located. How often you feed it can depend on several factors, including rainfall and the type of fertilizer you use. If rainfall has been at or above average, or you have an irrigation system, fertilizer applications may need to be more frequent in order to keep your Fescue or Bluegrass lawn healthy and a dark shade of green.

What type of fertilizer should I apply to my Fescue or Bluegrass lawn?
The type of fertilizer you use will vary depending on the condition of your soil and the time of year. Soil types also influence fertilizer needs. Soil tests are required to determine phosphorus, potassium, calcium and other nutrient deficiencies. Before starting on any lawn fertilization program, it's best to do a soil test. Most nursery and garden centers sell testing kits or you can buy a soil test kit online here. Your local Extension service might also provide testing services. Test results can show you what nutrients are deficient and th pH of your soil. Fescue and Bluegrass typically perform best at a soil pH between 6 and 7.

Once your soil has been adjusted properly, you can then begin with a lawn fertilization program consisting of several applications of fertilizer per year.

The First Application (Spring)
In general it's time for the first application of fertilizer when you first start to see your Fescue or Bluegrass lawn beginning to grow in early spring. For this first application, a fertilizer high in nitrogen is usually recommended. Nitrogen is the first number in fertilizer.

Second Application (Mid to Late Spring)
About 6 to 8 weeks after the early spring/late winter application you can apply another dose of fertilizer. If rainfall has been average, or if you have an irrigation system, you may again apply a high nitrogen fertilizer. Otherwise, consider using a slow-release fertilizer or one lower in nitrogen.

Third Application (Fall)
In early to mid-fall, after summer heat has broken and cooler temperatures have set in, you'll want to apply another dose of a high nitrogen fertilizer. If your Fescue or Bluegrass lawn has taken a beating from summer heat and drought, you may want to overseed the lawn. If so, it would be best to apply a 'starter fertilizer' that is higher in phosphorus and potassium (the 2nd and 3rd number in fertilizer).

*NOTE: If you are planning to overseed your Fescue or Bluegrass lawn in the Fall, do not use a fertilizer containing weed control or weed killer!

Lawn Fertilization Program

Many local nursery and garden centers offer a do-it-yourself lawn care program. I'm not talking about the big box stores and Scotts brand products. That I am aware of, not a golf course in my area uses Scotts. In my opinion, there are many better products on the market which are also less expensive.

Click here if you would like to see a Lawn Fertilization & Weed Control Program for a Fescue lawn that we provide to our customers at Wilson Bros. Nursery in mid-Georgia. The program uses golf-course grade Lebanon Pro Fertilizers.

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