Help is on the way.
Your fescue turf is a cool season grass, which means it HATES this heat and humidity. Now comes the good news. Fall is just around the corner. Here are a few things you can do in preparation for the most crucial time in your turf calendar.
- Identify areas that need some TLC during the fall seeding process and get to work on those now.
- You may need to fill in a rut or pot hole with topsoil.
- There may be an area that is running wild with Bermuda grass, go ahead a kill that area with a non-selective herbicide (using manufacturer’s labeling instructions)
- Dethatch any areas that have heavy build up of dead grass due to wilting this summer. You want the seed to be in direct contact with the soil.
- If you have an irrigation system, this is a great time to make sure all the heads are operable and you are receiving adequate coverage.
- If you do not have an irrigation system, make sure you have enough hoses and sprinklers on hand to make the watering process a smooth one. This will be key in the germination process.
- Go ahead and purchase your seed and starter fertilizer now and have it on hand.
- The line will be extremely long at the hardware store on that perfect Saturday that you decide to do it.
- You may want to purchase more than you think you need.
- There is always the need to throw a little more down after a rainstorm or the birds feed on it.
- It’s good to keep a bag on hand.