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How Do You Plant Tall Fescue Grass Seed?

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Tall fescue grass originated in Europe and today grows primarily there, in North Africa and in the United States. In the U.S., it is found everywhere except the Gulf states and is noted for its drought tolerance and ability to grow in clay soils, something many other grass varieties cannot do. If you have a need for long grass, consider planting tall fescue. Plan your planting of tall fescue in either September or October to avoid heat stress and susceptibility to disease. Remove all rocks, weeds and debris from the area. Depending on your current soil conditions, add mulch, compost, sand or top soil as needed to create soil that is well drained and has a pH level of between 5.5 and 6.5. Spread a lawn starter fertilizer that includes nitrogen at a rate of 1.5 to two pounds per 1,000 square feet. Till the fertilizer into the soil at a depth of four to six inches. Use a spreader to seed the area at a rate of five pounds of tall fescue seed per 1,000 square feet. Apply the seed in two ... more
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