How to Plant Fescue Sod


Fescue is a good plant for mild weather areas that don't have extreme heat during the summer. Unlike some grasses, such as Bermuda, this grass tends to go dormant in the summer months if it gets really hot. On the plus side, it stays greener longer in cooler spring and fall seasons. Planting fescue sod is done similarly to other types of sod grass, but timing of installation is important.

Step 1

Get rid of old grass so that you can lay down the new sod. Kill it off with an herbicide to make sure it is dead all the way down to the roots and then use a shovel to scrape it up. Do this in spring or fall so that the fescue can be planted in cool weather. This will give it time to establish without the extreme heat of summer.

Step 2

Till the soil to loosen the dirt. Add a starter fertilizer to the soil as you till so that it will be mixed in. The fertilizer will help the fescue establish roots. Rake the dirt to smooth out any dips and hills.

Step 3

Establish how much sod you need by determining the length and width of the yard. Sod is sold in sizes of 6 feet by 3 feet.

Step 4

Roll out each strip one after the other, making sure that each is set up against the last so that there are no gaps. Stagger seams so there is no obvious line in the yard. Use a knife to cut sod pieces that bump up against landscaping or other objects such as driveways. This way, the sod will look like a custom fit. Be careful rolling out fescue sod. It tends to crumble somewhat.

Step 5

Nail wooden sticks in the edges of the sod pieces to keep them from moving while the grass grows. Since fescue breaks easily, use thin sticks.

Step 6

Water fescue sod every other day to keep moist so that the roots will grow. After three weeks, reduce the watering to just a couple of inches of water a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer
  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Sod
  • Knife
  • Wood sticks
  • Hammer
  • Water


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