We have just one word to say about seeding in the spring – DON’T. Fescue grass should be seeded in your shade areas in the fall – between September 15th and October 15th. (I am referring to our service areas only, zones 6b-7b.) Fall is the beginning of fescue’s growing season and thus the most logical and agronomically-sound time to seed it. If you seed now, you will lose at least half of it during the heat of the summer, because it hasn’t had enough time to form the root system it needs or to build up the carbohydrates it requires to suffer through the heat. Fescue is a cool season grass. It is heat intolerant, not sun intolerant.
Just last week, we went out to do an estimate for a lady and discovered that her back yard was completely dead. She said she had paid someone to seed it last spring, but it died. Unfortunately, that didn’t surprise us, and we advised her on the proper time for seeding. What a shame that she wasted her money! Paying someone to seed isn’t cheap.
Some people insist on seeding fescue in the spring, because they think it keeps their lawns thicker. Or, maybe they have bare areas they just can’t live with until fall. If you must, you must – just please be aware that it won’t do as well as fescue seeded in the fall.
And, if you’re tired of seeding every year, we have some shade alternatives you might want to explore. But if you’re determined to keep grass in those areas, be sure to check out our step-by-step seeding procedures for next fall.