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This shaded area now needs fescue seeding this fall.

The August heat and sudden lack of rainfall is putting a lot of stress suddenly on cool-season turf such as fescue in Oklahoma. Earlier in the season during the rainy and humid period it was Brown Patch turf disease that was wreaking havoc on fescue turf. And now it’s the other end of the weather extreme hot and dry weather. Growing cool-season turf in Oklahoma is always a challenge, as we are in what’s called the transition zone, where it is sometime too hot for cool-season turf and too cold for warm-season grass.

The turfgrass best adapted to Oklahoma weather conditions is bermudagrass, along with zoysiagrass. However, both require full sun to perform well, so as tress grow larger and cast more shade, it’s time to switch to fescue. The tree in this example was a small maple tree 10 years ago, but has grown enough to cause the bermudagrass to thin out in the shaded area. There is bemudagrass there, but it’s very thin and eventually will die out as the tree becomes even large. Not only does the shade hurt turf, but a large tree also absorbs a tremendous amount of water and nutrients from the soil, making it even more difficult to grow grass under trees.

LawnAmerica is currently providing information and quotes on seeding fescue, which begins in early September and runs through mid-October. Fall is the best time to seed fescue, as it will germinate with the cooler soil temperatures then and good moisture. The fescue seedlings will continue then to develop, slowly, proceeding into winter. By next spring then, the turf will gradually mature, develop density, and a stronger root system before the heat of summer comes again.

Some homeowners and even maintenance companies seed fescue in the spring. Usually, this is a waste of money, as it will come up fine but will not be mature enough to withstand the pressures of Brown Patch disease and then summer heat. By seeding in the fall, your turf has an extra 5-6 months to grow and mature before the summer heat stress hits.

Our seeding operation consists of using a top-quality blend of fescue seed, with zero weed and other grass seed. We aerate the soil, rake bare areas, apply a starter fertilizer, and leave detailed watering instructions. We then return in 3 weeks to overseed any thin areas and check on the progress. Now is the time to plan for seeding and secure your place in our busy schedule, so contact LawnAmerica now.

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