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Some of the best tips for planting fescue grass include keeping the soil moist, planting in a mild season, and sowing the seeds at the proper depth on a flat, clear surface. Once the seeds are planted, it takes a few weeks for them to sprout and to take firm hold. During this period, it is important to take special care with the lawn, including watering regularly and in sufficient amounts. Once the grass has grown to 2 inches (5 cm), it is ready for regular maintenance.
The best time to plant fescue grass seeds is during mild seasons, when the sprouting plants will not have to fight excessive cold or heat. While it thrives in sun and is tolerant to shade, fescue grass can be especially sensitive to heat. Residents of areas that get extremely hot may need to periodically reseed sun-damaged patches of the lawn.
Fescue seeds cannot handle crowding and must be spread evenly in order to grow properly. In order to thrive, the seeds should be planted in a well-tilled lawn with all weeds removed. The area should be clear of rocks and similar debris. Seeds often benefit from a liberal application of soil conditioner across the area to be planted.
A slit seeder is a piece of seeding equipment can help to plant the seeds at a sufficient depth. It is available for rent in many areas. An aerator can also provide satisfactory results. Then the lawn should be covered with a layer of wheat straw for mulch. Once fescue grass seeds are planted, it typically takes a few weeks for the roots to take hold.
After planting fescue grass seeds, it is important to keep the ground moist. The ground should be drenched, rather than simply sprinkled with water. In the first few weeks after planting, the lawn should be watered every few days. After the seeds have sprouted, if the grass does not spring back after being stepped on, it likely needs to be watered.
The ground usually needs approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5–5 cm) of water a week in order to let the seeds sprout properly. It is typically most effective, and best for the health of the plants, to water early in the day and before noon. The grass can then dry before sundown, which helps to prevent unwanted growths and decay. A rain gauge can be a helpful measuring tool, though a 6 ounce (170 g) tuna can placed on the lawn should work just as well for tracking the amount of water going into the ground.
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