Tall fescue is a cool season turf grass that grows throughout the year, even in the cold winter months. Fescue turns green early in the spring and is adaptable to a variety of environments, including sunny and shady, wet or dry. Fescue is considered a weed if left to grow wild, but if cared for correctly, it makes a nice grass for a lawn. Fertilization before the winter will make fescue grow during the winter, ensuring a lush lawn in the spring.
Apply your fertilizer in late September using a fertilizer spreader with granular fertilizer. A fertilizer high in nitrogen will promote growth throughout the winter, and help the fescue turn green in the spring.
Apply lime to the lawn once every other year to improve soil pH and encourage fescue growth. Apply the lime with the fertilizer at a ratio of 20 pounds of lime per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Have the lawn pH tested by a university extension if you believe the lawn needs more lime.
Water the lawn thoroughly to sink the fertilizer into the soil and prevent over winter drought. Water the fescue until the first frost of the winter.