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Happy Holidays! Elite Tall Fescue Tall Fescue Season is still upon us and we've got tips to help you care for your warm season lawns as well.

It's Tall Fescue Time!

  • Overseeding Tall Fescue - This window has closed. As we approach December 21, the longest night of the year, there is less daylight to help young seedlings grow and establish. To successfully seed Tall Fescue, either rewind the clock to September or wait until next autumn to seed at the right time.
  • However, it's still a great time to lay Tall Fescue sod! Get instant impact with Elite Tall Fescue sod, available as a single roll or in full pallets. You can now order sod online.

Warm Season Lawns


With the frigid temperatures this week your warm season lawn will finally be going dormant (it's rather late this year). If you see odd tan strips across your warm season lawn, that's your lawn going dormant.

  • Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the fall & winter; wait until spring.
  • Avoid "weed and feed" and "winterizer" marketing.
  • Whatever you do, don't apply nitrogen this time of year when your warm season lawn is going dormant. 

Keep Mowing
All Lawns

  • Continue to mow your warm season lawn until it goes dormant for winter. Don't leave it long for the winter; keep it at your regular cut height for your lawn.
  • Mowing Tall Fescue Seedlings: The first time to mow your lawn (at a 2.5-3" cut height) is when the seedlings reach 3-4" tall. In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it!
  • Fall and winter is the time to lower the mower blade for your established Tall Fescue lawn. Continue to mow as needed throughout the winter at a 2.5-3" cut height. Next summer we'll remind you to raise it up again.

Rake or Blow Leaves Off All Lawns

Leaves are falling late this year in most areas - due to the warm fall, it's more important than ever to remove leaves from your lawn to prevent suffocation and diseases. Use the leaves to mulch your beds or make compost. Please read our blog posts about leaves, linked toward the bottom.

Keep Weeding
All Lawns

  • POST-Emergent herbicide on NEW Tall Fescue: If you planted a brand new Fescue lawn from seed and in the process tilled up existing soil, you've probably kicked up weed seeds and exposed them to the light. As a result, the seeds are probably now germinating alongside your Fescue seedlings.

    👍 Rule of thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent herbicide labeled for Tall Fescue lawns after you've mowed your lawn 3 to 4 times. Come by for products or check out our new Lawn Coach subscriptions!
  • The window for applying pre-emergent herbicide has closed for the autumn. The next window will open in February when the Forsythia bushes flower - we'll send out an email alert at that time. Now is the time for post-emergent herbicides for weeds you can see now on all established lawns. Come by for products or check out our new Lawn Coach subscription.
  • Mowing works well for suppressing weeds you see now. Mow to break the weed life cycle. Mowing cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weed seeds from making more weeds. Get yourself on a weekly mowing routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you. Better yet, a robotic lawn mower will quietly and constantly mow for you and keep the despised weeds from going to seed - It's a clean and green, weed-stopping machine!
  • Mulch is a time-tested trick for suppressing weeds in flower beds. Spread bark or pine straw 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants. Rake/blow leaves off your lawn and into your beds and natural areas rather than bagging them.
  • 🎁 Hand weeding is cheap! Save your money for Christmas presents and pull weeds by hand instead of spraying.

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Keep Fertilizing (or not)

  • Stop in to pick up 16-4-8 fertilizer for Elite Tall Fescue lawns through the cool growing season. Check out our Lawn Coach subscriptions for Tall Fescue products.
  • Along with fertilization, you may need to apply a fast-acting lime that neutralizes the pH of your soil. Always take a soil test to confirm if you need to apply lime or fertilizer. Balanced soil pH is critical for your grass to be able to use the nutrients supplied by your fertilizer.
  • Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the fall; wait until spring.

 

The importance of raking leaves for lawn health

Advice: Why it's Important to Rake Fall Leaves From the Lawn 

Leaves remaining on your lawn too long in the autumn can cause suffocation and fungal problems.

>> Read About Fall Leaves on Lawns

Summer Evaluations- The Best and Worst of Summer 2020

 

Lessons: Brie's Garden Evaluations of Summer 2020

As the garden slowly transitions to a new season, now is the perfect time to evaluate what worked and what did not, so I can plan for 2021.

>> Summer 2020 Garden Evaluations

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Topics: Elite Tall Fescue, Monthly Lawn Care Tips, Warm Season Turfgrass, Cool Season Turfgrass

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