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Tall Fescue Lawn Tips

  • Prepare for overseeding Tall Fescue by cleaning up your lawn and spraying out weeds with a post-emergent herbicide. This way, you'll have that task taken care of well before planting season and it won't be a last-minute problem to solve.
  • Pre-Emergent Herbicide Caution: If you're overseeding Tall Fescue or starting a new Tall Fescue lawn from seed, don't apply fall pre-emergent herbicide.
  • Overseed with our Elite Tall Fescue blend of dark green, disease-resistant, and drought-tolerant Tall Fescue varieties.
  • Along with fertilization, you may need to apply lime 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.
  • Aerate & Topdress Fescue Lawns with Soil3. Why Soil3? It's organic humus compost that qualifies for certified organic lawn care, plus it adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms for a stronger, healthier lawn. We'll deliver it in a 1 cubic yard BigYellowBag.
  • We recommend renting our compost spreader to make the job easier. Keep scrolling for rental options. Learn everything about aerating & topdressing with this video.

seed tall fescue with compost houseMowing Tall Fescue

  • 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!
  • Continue to mow your established Tall Fescue lawn as needed throughout the winter at 2.5-3" cut height.


how to choose a compost spreader with new spreader picNow's the time to topdress Fescue with compost. Soil3 provides natural nutrients to your grass while improving the ground it grows in. We rent two different types.

Call us at 888-360-1125 to reserve a spreader at your local Super-Sod.

Not sure which one is for you?

>> Read about the compost spreaders.



Yellow Spreader

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This high quality spreader can be picked up at our store for $129.99 and it comes with a 5 year warranty.

It's for spreading grass seed, fertilizer, lime, and anything granular.




Fall Armyworm Alert

Learning how to spot Armyworms will help you solve a lot of problems with your plants (your lawn is a plant too). A customer pointed out they saw them in their trees! I have too, but was in denial about it. Please scout daily and don't ignore them. Sometimes you can even hear them chewing.

Read about the other signs to look for in our Fall Armyworm article

Keep Weeding

  • We're sure you want a weed-free lawn this winter so we're writing to remind you it's time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your established warm-season lawn. We recommend pre-emergent with no nitrogen for warm season lawns at this time of year. Stop in for a bag of pre-emergent.
    • Caution #1: If you're overseeding Tall Fescue or starting a new Tall Fescue lawn from seed, don't apply fall pre-emergent herbicide.
    • Caution #2:  If you're overseeding TifTuf with rye, also don't apply fall pre-emergent.
    • Caution #3: For new sod, we recommend waiting a full growing season after install before applying pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn. Read more tips for your new lawn here.
  • Mowing is a no-brainer for suppressing weeds. 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 it 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
  • Hand weeding is therapy! Irritated and need to destress? Try hand weeding. Pulling those weeds out by the roots feels satisfying. 

Warm Season Lawns

Still not much happening here. Time to let your lawn slowly go dormant over the next months.

  • Read the pre-emergent herbicide tip in the weeds section above.
  • Fungicide: Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede lawns get an application of fungicide in October (once soil temps lower to 70 degrees) to help reduce the possibility of Large Patch. Remember an ounce of prevention in the fall is cheaper and easier than curing Large Patch in the spring! Come by the store for fungicide!
  • Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the fall; wait until spring.
  • Avoid "weed and feed" marketing. Whatever you do, don't apply nitrogen this time of year when your lawn will soon be going dormant. We stock the proper pre-emergents for the "weed" part and come back in April for the "feed" part.
  • Keep mowing your warm-season lawn until it goes dormant. It's best to keep your lawn at regular mow-height for winter, and not let it grow long. On the other hand, do not scalp! Keep it at normal height for your type of lawn.

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