Mowing Tips for a Fescue Lawn

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This article will give you tips on how to mow your Fescue lawn.
by Terry O'Leary · Zone 3A · -40° to -35° F to Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · September 18, 2010 · 5,982 views

Tips for Mowing a Fescue Lawn Turf Type Fescue Lawn

  • Cut your Fescue lawn using a rotary mower with a sharp blade. A dull blade will rip the grass. Dull blades whip and shred the grass ends rather than cutting the grass cleanly, causing your lawn to look yellowish the next day. Ragged grass blades also lead to more water use by the grass and possibly an increase in disease. So, it's a good idea to use the two-blade system. Keep one extra sharp blade around for a replacement every 8 to 12 cuttings.
  • Do not scalp your fescue lawn. Never cut more than one third of the blade off at a time, particularly during the hotter months of the year. During the cool seasons of fall, winter and spring, maintain fescue grass at 3 inches in height. During the summer, raise your mower deck to mow the grass at a minimum of 4 inches in height. Use a ruler to measure the height of the grass. When it reaches desired mowing height, mow a test strip. Then measure the height in the test strip, adjusting the height of mower deck if necessary.
  • As long as you mow on a regular basis, leave the clippings since they are a natural way to feed your grass. Clippings also reduce the amount of water the grass needs to stay green and healthy looking. Research has shown that letting the clippings fall on the ground does not lead to disease or thatch problems.
  • Mow when grass is dry. Mowing long grass that's wet is a sure fire recipe for those dreaded clumps. And clumps can promote the onset of damaging fungus.
  • Avoid ruts and help your grass to stand straighter by mowing at a different angle across the lawn each mowing.
  • It puts less stress on the lawn to mow in the evening than to mow when the sun is pounding down in the afternoon.

Other Tips

Proper pH of lawn soil is essential for growing an attractive, healthy Fescue or Bluegrass lawn. If you would like to have your soil tested for pH, your Local Extension Service may offer these services. If not, soil test kits are usually available at your local nursery or garden center.

Absent a soil test, and if you live in a region where the soil is naturally acidic, and you have never limed your lawn, If you have never limed your lawn, a general recommendation would be an application of 40 pounds pelletized lime per 500 to 1,000 square feet of lawn area, or 30 pounds of Green 'N Grow limestone per 5,000 square feet if area.

Terry O'Leary

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