Beginner’s Guide to Fescue Sod

For anyone looking for that look for a perfect lawn, fescue sod is a popular choice. If you want to install a yard that the neighbors will be green with envy over, this could be the right choice for you. However, there are certainly a few things you should know about when it comes to this choice in lawns.

For starters:  Fescue Sod

  • Did you know that fescue is a cool season type of yard choice? This means once you lay your fescue sod, your lawn will be at its best in the milder temperatures as opposed to the climax of the summer heat. This will also have an impact on when you should lay your lawn. The good news is, this type of lawn is also ideal for all types of climates and conditions and can often times manage droughts and extreme heat very well. Not to mention this choice for your lawn is also more resistant against disease or other potential hazards.
  • Whether you realize it or not, you have probably seen fescue at your local hardware store or lawn and garden store. Fescue comes usually in square sections that are stacked or sometimes rolled for easy transport. In fact, it is even easy to ship this choice of ground cover.
  • Fescue sod is produced by being planted by seed as with any other type of grass. The sections are then cut away with a thin layer of soil to be kept healthy during transport and to make the smooth transition to your own front and backyard.

The best way to get an idea if fescue is your ideal lawn is to take a look at images of it or see it in person. However, this is what you can expect:

  • Fescue is a coarse but tall growing grass that helps to create a full and lustrous lawn. There are different varieties but generally any type can do well if transplanted correctly. Certain types are even more resilient to disease and other potential issues.

DIY Yard Work

If you intend to create a lawn created by fescue sod this is one of the best for the do-it-yourself type of project. Remember, it is best to lay this sod during cooler months instead of the middle of summer. You should also lay the sod as soon as possible when you get it.

  • Check your soil. This is a good way to make sure your soil is in the right condition to even be able to lay the soil. You need to be sure your soil makes your yard a good candidate for laying sod. Use a soil test kit to accomplish this task. You can also hire a professional to come and give you an analysis of your soil. In addition, you can take a sample of your soil to a professional in the field.
  • Choose the sod you want. Fescues do well with even shaded areas so keep this in mind when making your ornamental grass selection. If you are not sure you can always discuss with an expert in the field what may do best for your lawn based on where you live and what the conditions are like for your outdoor yard space.
  • Prepare your soil and yard for the new sod transplants by using herbicide. This step will help cut down on weeds and prevent weed growth as well as the damage it can cause. This is also a good time to use fertilizer which can help adjust soil conditions and prepare your yard for the sod laying. Fertilizer can help the transplanted sod adjust better, grow healthier and have a better chance of surviving harsh winter conditions. In addition to using fertilizer prior to planting, you should develop a regimen of using fertilizer to help keep your lawn healthy.
  • Next, you will want to thoroughly water the area. Do not over saturate your yard but make sure you introduce enough fresh water to get a nice thorough soaking. You should also allow some time for the yard to soak the water in a bit before covering it with the new fescue sod.
  • If need be you can also take this opportunity to rake the yard if needed, to smooth over bumps or uneven portions of your yard before laying sod on top of it. Raking can also help the water, herbicide and fertilizer to get deeper into the earth instead of just on the surface.
  • The day before you intend to lay your sod you should purchase the pieces. When you begin, always use a starting point and preferably one that is straight like a walkway or the side of your home. Unroll or lay the flat section in place then give it a gentle tap to secure it firmly into place.
  • Using a roller, go over the surface to help smooth out air pockets. This is also important mostly so that the roots can make contact with the earth and begin to root deeper into the existing soil. Once this is complete you should water the new lawn again, being careful not to over or under saturate the yard.
  • Continue to water your new fescue sod yard daily until you are certain the roots have taken hold. When in doubt water daily a few days past that to be sure you have a healthy lawn.

Keep in mind it is important not to stand directly on your sod sections while laying them. Stand off to the side during laying and try to water the yard from a walkway instead of by putting all of your weight on the newly transplanted sections. Make it a point to remain off the yard and instruct others to do the same during the early phase of the transplant.

During this time the sod is at its weakest and could still be susceptible to damage. It is generally a good idea to rope off your new fescue sod yard to prevent people from wandering across it.