Fescue grass can be a great choice for your lawn. Fescue can be easily grown from seed, and it grows well in shady areas in your landscaping. Of course, in order to keep your fescue lawn healthy, it needs proper care. Summer extremes of rain or heat and drought can kill this cool-season grass. But there are ways to help keep your fescue grass healthy over the summer months.

brown patches on a fescue lawn

Drought and hot weather means that fescue tends to grow slower over summer. Remember that when you go to cut your lawn. Start out mowing the grass at a height of about 3 to 3.5 inches. Mow in the morning or evening, not during the heat of the day, and only mow when the grass seems to need cutting. Mowing the grass too short or when it is very dry can stress fescue.

The average lawn needs only one inch of water a week to look well; perhaps more in full sun and less in shade. Too little water over many weeks will lead to lead to opportunistic weeds and insects, and ultimately kill your fescue, requiring replanting in the fall. But this summer’s heavy rains mean very few Georgia homeowners will have that problem. Instead, this summer, watch for signs of brown patch disease. This is a fungus that is dormant in the soil until hot and humid conditions can cause it to spread.

If you see brown patches of lawn that look like a doughnuts (a green center crown surrounded by a ring of dead grass) or white webbing on your turf early in the day, your lawn may have brown patch disease. Before trying to treat it yourself, get an expert in turf grasses to diagnose the symptoms. To prevent brown patch on your fescue, don’t overwater and don’t water in the evenings. You want the turf to be able to dry out between watering.

People tend waste money overbuying fertilizers and pesticides for their lawns. Overuse does more harm than good. And since fescue is a cool season grass, you should only be feeding it in the fall and spring, never over summer. During the summer months, the clippings left over from mowing the lawn will be more than enough nutrients. If you think you see signs of disease, talk to a professional lawn care service instead of trying to treat it yourself – it will often be less costly in the long run.

When it comes to fescue, summer just means you have to handle it with a little more care. And when the summer is over, it will go back to being a luxuriant green lawn.