Scotts Fescue Planting Tips

Scotts Turf Builder Tall Fescue Mix is a bagged grass seed product designed to establish a warm-season lawn with less applied irrigation required. The individual grass seeds are coated with material to hold moisture to the seed, thereby increasing germination speed and rates, and the product boasts a 99.99 percent weed-free rate on every package.

Soil Bed Preparation

Prepare the planting soil according to its present condition. To seed over bare soil, rough up the first inch or two of soil with a rake. To sow seed over thin or dead grass, remove the old grass and thatch with a rake before seeding. To over-seed a cool-season lawn, first mow the lawn short and aerate or de-thatch the established lawn to expose some of the soil, and allow the seed and water to settle onto the surface of the soil.

Spreader Settings

Spread your Tall Fescue Mix with a drop spreader for best coverage and precise placement. Determine the spread rate by the type or intensity of seeding you are doing. If over-seeding an established cool-season lawn, set the aperture at 9.5. To start a new lawn over bare soil, or to re-seed bare patches, set the aperture at 16.

Watering and Fertilizing

Water Scott's Tall Fescue Mix seed sufficiently to keep the seed and soil moist at all times. Water every day or twice a day with short sessions until the blades reach two inches in height. Hold off on mowing until the blade height is at least 2 1/2 inches, and refrain from applying fertilizer until six to eight weeks after the green shoots appear in the soil.

Planting Season

Plan to seed your Tall Fescue lawn in the fall or spring when temperatures hover in the range of 60 and 80 degrees F. This is the ideal temperature for optimal germination of this brand of grass seed. Avoiding summer planting will also save you the time and expense of watering twice--or even thrice--per day.

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