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June Tall Fescue Lawn Tips for 2022

June Tall Fescue Lawn Tips for 2022

It's hot out, so it's time to stop fertilizing with nitrogen, while it's time to start applying fungicide to prevent brown patch.

Order fungicide online for direct shipment or local pick up. Or let us plan ahead for you . . . sign up for Lawn Coach "Champ" and we'll stick it in the mail at the right time.

>> Read about the importance of fungicide for Tall Fescue during warm months

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💦 How to Care for Your Lawn When it's Hot

Cool season grasses, like Tall Fescue, do not enjoy the hot summers but thrive in cooler temperatures. They need extra attention, and water, to help them through the summer.

Armed with the tips in the link below, we encourage you to become a student of your lawn and learn the way of the sprinkler.

Follow the Way of the Sprinkler to Prevent Heat Stress >>


Fertilizing Tips for Tall Fescue Lawns

  • Don't fertilize with high nitrogen until the autumn! Because your Tall Fescue lawn will have slow growth during the warm months ahead, it does not need any nitrogen. Seriously, high nitrogen is a waste of money at this time and it will augment problems such as brown patch.

    👍 Real World Example: Stop using 16-4-8 fertilizers when it's hot. The 16 represents the amount of nitrogen. It's okay to use a low nitrogen fertilizer such as 5-10-30 if you can't resist fertilizing. We know you love to apply products, so want to take another chance to steer you toward applying fungicide instead of any fertilizer through summer.
  • Review the fertilizing schedule in our Tall Fescue Maintenance Guide.
  • Sign up for Lawn Coach and we'll automatically mail you all the right fertilizers when you need them (including the fungicide when you select the Champ package).
  • Even though it's not a good time to fertilize with nitrogen, it's still okay to apply fast-acting lime if you need to neutralize 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.

Mower Tips for Tall Fescue Lawns

Mowing Height: If you cut it at 2.5-3" high over winter and spring, it's time to raise it to 3-3.5" for the warm months ahead.

Mowing Frequency: During spring you were probably mowing on a once-a-week frequency (we recommend every 5 to 7 days when Tall Fescue is actively growing). During the hot days of summer, your Tall Fescue lawn will slow down, so you'll probably need to mow less frequently. You can keep on a weekly schedule to keep down any weed pressure you may experience, even though you may be mowing off very little of the Tall Fescue leaves.

After watering, mowing is the most important thing you can do for your lawn. Read André's blog where he'll teach you the 7 Tips to Mow Your Lawn Like a Super-Sod Boss.

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Getting Rid of Weeds in Tall Fescue Lawns

  • The window for pre-emergent herbicide has closed and we're now in the season of post-emergent herbicide in Tall Fescue lawns: You can apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max for weeds you can see now in established Tall Fescue lawns. Read the label and follow instructions.

    👍 Rule of Thumb:
    It's okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide labeled for Tall Fescue lawns (Quincept and 3-Way Max) after you've mowed a new lawn 3 to 4 times.
  • Pulling by Hand: When you see a few weeds, just pull them up. Sometimes a hand trowel is helpful to get them up by their roots.
  • Mowing: Mow those weeds down before they go to seed. Most winter weeds are going to seed & summer weeds are sprouting so get out there with your mower today! Mowing is an effective way to suppress weeds because it cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. If you have bad weeds, mow on a weekly routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you.
  • A robotic lawn mower will mow for you when you'd rather not be out in the pollen. Models with "H" in the name are available with cut height up to 3.6", perfect for Tall Fescue Lawns. 
  • Mulch suppresses weed seeds in flower beds. Spread your favorite mulch 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants. 
  • White clover loves lawns more than any other type of clover - which isn't so bad because (did you know?) it fixes nitrogen! Read how to get rid of it if that's the route you want to take: June Weed of the Month: White Clover

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There are many types of clover, but white clover is the common clover in lawns throughout the South. 

🌳 How to Lay Sod Around Trees

Shannon Hathaway, one of our installation consultants, is a pro at determining if sod will work in any given situation. A question she often gets is, "How close to the trees can we plant grass?" The answer is complicated and technical, so she breaks it down in her latest blog post.

Learn How to Lay Sod Around Trees >>

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Laying Sod & Planting Seed

We have a new blog post about laying sod around trees . . . even so, the window has closed for planting Tall Fescue sod and seed. To successfully plant Tall Fescue, wait 3-4 months until autumn.

Come back next month for July's Lawn Tips for Tall Fescue lawns!

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Topics: Monthly Lawn Care Tips, Tall Fescue, weed prevention, Cool Season Turfgrass

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