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Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Maintenance

Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Maintenance

We’ve grown your Elite Tall Fescue with care from its very first sprout. You’ve waited until just the right time to install and establish your new cool season lawn. Now follow these steps to maintain the unique blend selected especially for a superior Lifetime Lawn:

Mowing Elite Tall Fescue Sod

  • Mow at 2.5 inches cutting height; taller to 3” in summer months. Mow no more than 1/3 of the leaf off at one mowing. Use sharp mower blades. Mow with a rotary mower.
  • Mowing may be required on a 5-to-7-day interval.
mow when grass is this tall: 3.25 inches (8.2cm)
set cutting height of mower to: 2.5 inches (6.3cm)


Watering Elite Tall Fescue Sod

Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings.

Tall Fescue performs best when it receives approximately 1 inch of water per week. If one or more inches of rainfall occurs in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.)

Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)


Fertilizing Elite Tall Fescue

  • Fertilize with Super-Sod’s Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron and Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone, which can be purchased at your local Super-Sod store. Fertilize according to the table below and according to soil test recommendations.
  • Apply 2 to 4 pounds of nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet annually. Begin application in the fall and continue until spring, during Fescue’s peak growing months. 
  • *Special note: don’t fertilize your Elite Tall Fescue lawn in May, June, July, and August.
  • Read about How to Calculate Fertilizer Rates.


Weed Control for Elite Tall Fescue

  • The best weed control is preventive, such as regular mowing.
  • Use of weed control products in the spring and fall is recommended. Do not apply pre-emergent herbicides 90 days prior to seeding.
  • Apply weed control according to the table below. Read and follow label directions. 
  • For assistance with weed identification contact your nursery/garden center, landscaper, or State cooperative extension service agent. 


Fertilizer (lbs/1000 ft2)
Weed Control (as needed)
Early Spring 7 lbs. 16-4-8 + Iron Pre-emerge for grassy weeds
Late Spring Omit Fertilizer; Apply Fungus Control Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Summer (June, July, August) Omit Fertilizer; Apply Fungus Control Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Early Fall 7 lbs. 16-4-8 + Iron Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Fall Seeding 10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron Omit pre-emerge if seeding
Fall  7 lbs. 16-4-8 + Iron Pre-emerge for broadleaf weeds
only on established lawns


Additional Elite Tall Fescue Care

Fungus Control: Tall Fescue sod is susceptible to fungus during the hot, humid summer months. It is best to take preventative action and apply fungus control for the duration of the summer months. Begin lawn fungicide applications when nighttime low temperatures rise to 60°F. Typically, preventative applications are made at 14-to-30-day intervals, depending upon the fungicide.

Thatch Removal: If the lawn has become thatchy, remove thatch in early fall and reseed. Use a commercial dethatching machine or rake heavily. Collect and remove all debris.


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