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More Fescue Needed?


Joined: Sep 07, 2010
Posts: 9
Redo accomplished: tilled and raked off green, laid 2" of compost, then seeded with Black Beauty Tall Fescue, raking very lightly. It proceeded to rain for about 9 straight days, and looks to me like about 70% of the seed has germinated, per attached photos. Just had about the first 36 consecutive hours without rain. Here is my question: do I need to reseed, or should I just continue as planned, which would mean starting alternate day light watering tomorrow? I know tall fescue is slow to germinate, and I still can see plenty of seed, but don't if to expect much further germination.

Joel Hollingsworth

Joined: Jul 01, 2009
Posts: 2103
Location: Oakland, CA
That looks like the start of a very good lawn!

I'm imagining what it would be like if each of those seedlings became a full-grown plant, 4" tall. Even if half of them die off, it would still look great.

And consider this: any bare patches have a track record of seed not coming up. I think neighboring plants have a better chance of filling in that space, verses more seeds.

"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men.  They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
Al Loria

Joined: Apr 21, 2010
Posts: 395
Location: New York
I think it looks pretty good too.  Tall fescue can take up to three weeks to germinate.  I seeded the large bare spots with it a little over a month ago and it is a slow one to get going.  It is just now starting to fill in to where it looks decent.  I don't believe there are any nurse grasses, like rye, in the JG Black Beauty, which would have made it appear fuller more quickly. 

I would wait until spring before doing any other seeding as it is getting a little late in the season to get new seed established before the cold sets in.

Good luck.


Joined: Sep 07, 2010
Posts: 9
Great, thanks. Just what I needed to hear: nothing more to do this year!
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