When you are trying to get that coveted green and lush lawn here in Atlanta you are up against a ton of factors that can cost you the lawn of your dreams, especially for those with fescue lawns. Tall Fescue grass is a fast-growing, shade tolerant grass type that thrives in the cool seasons of the year with a peak growing season from September to Spring. Where other grass types could not survive, Fescue is commonly found in lawns with shaded areas that don’t receive full sunlight for many hours of the day. Here in the greater Atlanta area, fescue lawns can experience stress during the hot Georgia summers and will become thin, dry or brittle by the time September rolls around again. However, the key to survival for Atlanta fescue lawns is fall aeration and overseeding.
What is Overseeding Your Lawn?
Tall fescue does not spread or reproduce like zoysia and bermuda grass and it will not reseed itself. Following aeration, overseeding is the act of planting a new seed into established turf to help fill in bare spots, improve density and replenish color. Overseeding should always be paired with core aeration to see the best result and its recommended every fall, sometimes even twice. The combination of Georgia heat, foot traffic and minimal rain can heavily impact fescue grasses. One of the best uses for over seeding is bringing a stressed fescue lawn back to life with seed that is better withstanding for modern families. By adding in this newer seed each year, it can help your lawn overall better withstand heavy traffic, dogs, and environmental conditions.
When to Overseed your Lawn
The best time to overseed your fescue lawn in Atlanta is in the early fall. We have adequate moisture, fertilizer, and sunlight at this time making a positive environment for germination. Fescue is considered a cool-season grass type meaning it grows and develops much better in cooler temperatures. In turn, you want to introduce new grass right before the peak growing season begins. With proper after-care, results should start to show after 30-45 days.
How To Get Started
If you are considering overseeding before the autumn kicks into high gear, have a professional team come out and diagnose your lawn. At All Turf Lawn Care, we have been servicing the greater Atlanta area since 2005. We can help you achieve the lawn of your dreams and give you everything you need to know to keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. Give us a call today to get started!