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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for red fescue

Mowing

  • Mow at 1.5 - 2.5 inches or keep unmowed as a groundcover.

Fertilizing

  • Fertilize using 1 - 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (March - June; October - December).

Planting

  • Seed at 3.5 - 4.5 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.

Irrigation

  • A low to moderate amount of water is required.
  • Water 1 - 2 times/week during the warm season; red fescue can go dormant in the summer if watered too infrequently or if no water is available.

Special problems

  • Susceptible to most turfgrass diseases
  • Low heat tolerance
  • Slow seed germination and seedling growth (establishment)
  • Low traffic tolerance

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