Tulsa Lawn Care Update – Have You Overseeded Your Fescue Yet?
Fescue grass must be overseeded yearly. Our climate here in Tulsa and the surrounding area is really too hot for fescue, which is why we plant it in the shade. Hot temperatures in the summer will cause some of it to die each year, but overseeding in the fall will keep it looking nice!
Fescue’s growing season is starting, and now is the ideal time to overseed, preferably before October 15.
If you don’t want to do it yourself and would like a free estimate on overseeding, please give us a call or go to our Seeding Estimate page to request a free estimate.
If you want to overseed your fescue yourself, please go to our Fall Fescue Seeding page for instructions.
SEEDING BARE AREAS
This is also the time to seed fescue in bare areas, but keep in mind that no grass will grow in complete shade. Fescue grows in full sun in cooler climates, but we plant it in the shade because the Tulsa area climate is too hot for fescue to be in the sun.
When the leaves come off the trees, the fescue will have the sun and the cool temperatures it needs to thrive. However, if the place you want to plant will be in total shade when the leaves are back on the trees, the fescue will not survive the summer. In that case, you may want to make a shade garden instead with shade loving plants like hostas and ferns. For information on what to do with shady areas, please see our page on Shade Areas.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU OVERSEED YOUR FESCUE OR IF YOU HAVE IT DONE:
- Mow your existing fescue short before you seed – it will be a while before you can mow it again.
- You must keep the seeds moist or they will not germinate. Spray it lightly 2 or 3 times per day.
- Do not overwater, or the seeds will wash away or puddle up in clumps (i.e. don’t set out the sprinkler and forget about it!)
- When the fescue germinates, you must keep it moist, or it will die.
- Keep the leaves blown off your new fescue so it can get the sunlight it needs - DO NOT rake the leaves or you will pull up the seedlings.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us or send us an email!