We have germination!! (I’m a little excited about my new fescue seedlings…)
If you have seeded fescue this fall:
- Keep watering! Your fescue seed and your new seedlings need to stay damp. Water lightly twice per day. When your fescue is up and mowed, you can resume normal watering, which is at least 1” per week. Needless to say, rain has been in short supply.
- Don’t be discouraged if some of your seed has germinated and some hasn’t. Most fescue seed is a blend of several different types of fescue. Some may sprout more quickly than others. And, remember that full germination will not occur until February next year.
- Keep the leaves off, but don’t rake! Raking your fescue will pull up the new seedlings. Use a blower or something that sucks them up. You must keep leaves off, especially in seeded bare areas because if you don’t, your new seedlings will 1) not get the sunlight they need and 2) will come up through the leaves (then when it’s okay to rake, the new seedlings will really come out of there!)
If you have not seeded your fescue areas this fall:
- Why not? You still have time if you hurry. Here are our step-by-step DIY seeding procedures--How to Seed Fescue Step by Step, or email us and we’ll get you a price on doing it for you.
- Water! Most of our service areas are experiencing drought. This is the beginning of your fescue’s growing season, and it needs water, at least 1” per week.
- Keep the leaves off! We know this is a chore, but this time of year (and even more so when the leaves are all off the trees) your fescue is building carbohydrate reserves through photosynthesis to last it through the heat of next summer – in other words, it’s making food from the sunlight. If it’s covered in leaves, it will starve.
Sure could use some rain...