Fall Seeding of Tall Fescue

Grady Miller, Professor and Extension Specialist

Fall is the best time for renovation and seeding of cool-season lawns. In a normal year, we expect an increased chance for rainfall and cooler temperatures within the first few weeks in September. This makes an ideal time for fall renovation. With the long duration of hot and dry weather this summer, this is a year that many cool-season lawns will need renovation to get them back in shape before Thanksgiving.
Optimum air temperatures for tall fescue germination are 68 to 77°F and soil temperatures greater than 60°F. If tall fescue is seeded in less than ideal conditions (too cool or no soil moisture),the results may be a thin turf stand going into the winter. So, it may be better to seed a little early than waiting and seeding too late.
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