Helpful tips on replacing sod with more drought/disease tolerant grasses.

Published November 19th, 2014 in Blog, Tips | Comments Off on Helpful tips on replacing sod with more drought/disease tolerant grasses.

fescueMany of our clients ask us about less time consuming maintenance solutions regarding their landscaping. One of the most frequent questions asked, is focused around lawns. Maintaining a fine looking lawn can be very difficult depending on the size, type of grass planted, weather constraints, and overall cost of fertilizer, aeration, water, and pesticides. For our clients interested in a low maintenance lawn, we usually recommend Fescue.

Fescue grass is considered a cool climate grass, which is ideal for the Pacific Northwest and Douglas County. Compared to other varieties, Fescue grass requires less water, less fertilizer, and best of all, less mowing.

Watering Fescue grass should be done more infrequently, especially in cooler climates, like ours. Fescue is drought tolerant. In seasons of little moisture, Fescue will go into a stage of dormancy, but return when moisture becomes available. In fact, over watering Fescue, is its biggest issue, as this can give way to disease.

Maintaining Fescue grass is pretty simple. It needs to be over-seeded, usually about twice a year during Spring and Fall. This procedure should also be done to address thin spots in the lawn caused by: heat stress, insect damage, or disease. Aeration and fertilizing are key factors in the over-seeding process, along with water, which should happen regularly for 2-3 weeks, enabling the seed to take root in the existing sod.

Fescue fertilization isn’t terribly difficult either. It is a hearty grass, but some fertilization will yield better results. Fescue likes nitrogen (2.5 -3 lbs per 1000 square feet). This should not be done in Summer. The full benefits usually occur in Fall.

Mowing Fescue grass is pretty simple too. The thing you DON’T want to do, is cut it too short. 2.5 -3 inches is ideal for easy maintenance. Going below that will cause too much heat, and evaporation of water. It will also promote a thinning in overall lawn density. Nobody wants that.

There are several varieties of Fescue grass, but all are very hearty, and can withstand a great deal of abuse compared to other types of grass. If fussing over your lawn 24 hours a day is not your passion, or even a possibility, but you still want a fantastic looking lawn, Fescue grass provides a wonderful solution. If this low maintenance solution sounds right for your landscape dilemma give us a call, and we’ll gladly provide you a custom quote for your project.

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