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November Tall Fescue Lawn Tips for 2022

November Tall Fescue Lawn Tips for 2022

🍁 Rake or blow fall leaves off your Tall Fescue lawn so they don't smother it - at the rate they're coming down, you may need to be out there every few days. Use those leaves as mulch in your beds or to make compost.

🌱 Lower your mower! It's time to lower your mowing cut height to 2.5-3" for the duration of the cool months ahead. 

Fall Feeding and Over-seeding Package (1080 × 1080 px)

November is still a good month to plant Tall Fescue seed. To promote the ritual fall overseeding, we have several overseeding package deals for different sized lawns.

Order Tall Fescue Overseeding Packages Here Dig into why we recommend Soil³ for Tall Fescue sod and seed by reading these short articles:


Fall Armyworm Threat Downgraded 

In October most areas of the Southeast had several nights with frosts, so Fall Armyworms are likely no longer an issue. If you're in a warmer, frost-free area continue to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms. If you flush them out with a soap test, scoot on over to get preventive and curative insecticide from us. 

Fertilizing Tips for Tall Fescue Lawns

    • It's safe to fertilize with more nitrogen, such as our 16-4-8 or 18-24-12. The fertilizer formulation we sell in our overseeding packages is the 18-24-12 blend.
    • 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.
    • 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

      • We mentioned it earlier, but in case you missed it, it's time to lower the blade when mowing your established Tall Fescue lawn. Continue to mow throughout the cool months at a 2.5-3" cut height. Next summer we'll remind you to raise it up again.
      • Mowing Frequency: We recommend mowing every 5 to 7 days when Tall Fescue is actively growing during the cool months.

      • Mowing New Lawns from Sod & Seed: Did you lay new Tall Fescue sod or plant seed? Our saying is to "mow as soon as there is something to mow." In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it! Read: How Soon Should I Cut My Grass?

💦 How to Water Your Tall Fescue Lawn

  • It looks like a rainy cycle might be starting up again, but if that doesn't hold, remember that new seeds and sod need extra water. Keep your sprinkler handy and turn it on to keep new seeds moist until they germinate and new sod moist until roots form
  • After your new sod or newly overseeded lawn is rooted in, you'll be able to back off watering to 1" per week during the cool months.

Getting Rid of Weeds in Tall Fescue Lawns

  • Right now the best method to combat weeds is to mow them before they go to seed. 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.
  • The window for applying pre-emergent herbicide is 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. 

    👍 Rule of Thumb: Don't plant seed or new sod if you applied a pre-emergent this fall. How come? The pre-emergent will also inhibit your Tall Fescue seeds from germinating. 
  • For weeds you see now in established lawns, apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max. Read the label and follow instructions.

    👍 Rule of Thumb:
    It's okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide after you've mowed your new lawn 3 to 4 times.
  • Pulling by Hand: If some weeds have escaped your pre-emergent routine and regular mowing, we recommend hand pulling to build up arm strength for cooking that big Thanksgiving meal.
  • 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. 

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

For tips on what to do for Warm Season lawns such as Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, take a gander at this page: November Warm Season Lawn Tips.

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Topics: Elite Tall Fescue, Monthly Lawn Care Tips, Tall Fescue, weed prevention

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