Don’s Fescue Overseed Program

August 28, 2023
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Fescue seeding requires a two fold effort, proper cultivation and adequate water during germination. In order to give your new seed the best possible chance for success here are some tips! Weather will affect this process, don’t be alarmed if things move slightly slower or in some cases faster. Temperature is a large variable.

Steps for You

  1. BEFORE the service:  Mow the area planned for seeding and bag the clippings preferably on the three inch setting. This will allow as much surface exposure as possible and help ensure the seed reaches the soil.
  2. BEFORE the service:  Rake the area clear of as much thatch, organic material that hasn’t decomposed, to expose as much soil surface as possible. This will allow the seed to make unobstructed contact with the ground. 
  3. AFTER the service:  Water for around 15 minutes per seeded area, twice daily. You should continue this process until the germination is complete and turf is established, and is more than ½ inches above the soil (roughly 21 days).
  4. After the lawn is established you can resume your regular watering routine. Fescue is a cool season grass and requires more water in the summer than in the winter months. Winter time you should be watering at a rate of 1.25 inches per week, roughly 5-8 minutes per sprinkler zone before 10am twice a week. Summer time you will need to increase this to .75 inches every three days, roughly 10-15 minutes per sprinkler zone every three days before 10am.
  5. Please refrain from mowing until new grass has grown to five inches. Roughly 30 days after emergence.

Our Process

  1. We’ll use a Lawn Rejuvenator that will turn the first inch and a half of soil, insert the seed, and then cover the seed with soil to help limit the amount of wash out and other environmental factors that will undoubtedly occur Some examples are: Bird and other wildlife consumption, excessively high wind, watering excessively and or rain wash out. 
  2. The general rule of thumb is to expect a loss of up to 45% of the seed due to the above reasons. In order to mitigate this issue we apply seed at a rate of 50% over the required label amount for the square footage of the area.
  3. A starter fertilizer will be applied to promote growth and a strong, healthy root system.
  4. It is recommended to seed fescue yearly until the desired thickness is achieved and then every other year as needed for upkeep.

Watering: The Key to Overseeding Success

Consistent watering is crucial during the germination phase. Keep the seeded area consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, which could lead to disease. A gentle misting several times a day may be necessary to prevent the soil from drying out.

In general, you want to keep the soil moist but not wet. 15 minutes of watering per section in the morning and again in the evening should keep your moisture levels where they need to be.


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