How to Prepare Soil for Fescue


Fescue is known as a low-maintenance plant and is drought hardy and pest and disease resistant. However, in order to become independent, fescue needs a firm foundation. Fescue can survive in nearly any sort of soil, but it will best reach its full potential if grown in healthy, well-drained soil that has been prepared at least six months in advance.

Step 1

Initiate your project in the spring. Remove all debris and plant material from the area. Take care to completely remove the root systems of any grasses or weeds that may compete with your newly planted fescue.

Step 2

Till the soil to a depth of four inches. Hand till or use a rototiller.

Step 3

Put down a one-inch layer of peat moss.

Step 4

Spread one pound of nitrogen fertilizer per 100 square yards.

Step 5

Till the soil again, to a depth of four inches.

Step 6

Smooth the soil with a rake.

Step 7

Water the soil until it is moist.

Step 8

In fall, just before planting fescue, hand weed any weeds that have grown again and re-till the soil to a depth of four inches. Do not re-fertilize the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Rototiller or hand tiller
  • Peat moss
  • Nitrogen fertilizer


  • Tall Fescue Management
  • About Tall Fescue Grass
  • Methods for Planting Grass Seeds
Keywords: prepare fescue soil, fertilizer for fescue, till soil

About this Author

Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.