Fine Fescue in Full Sun

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by HydroRI, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
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    What should fine fescue look like in full sun with temps. in the 80's with high humidity? It is beyond me why they would use this grass in a full sun area when it is a shade tolerant grass. It is obvious in the shaded areas the grass is more lush. From what I know fescue does not do the best in full sun. I have a customer complaining that his sprinkler runs every other day and his lawn is baked. There are few blades of rye mixed in that are all green. I have checked for grubs, surface insects. Will the fine fescue look burned with too much water?
  2. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    dont think its the water but the heat that is causing the dormant fescue.

    fescues will not like being in direct sunlight all day especially when its 80*

    however, fescues have a very deep root system which makes it very drought hardy. fescues also develop much thatch which will need to be managed.

    might want to sell an aeration and do on overseed to help introduce a more suitable turf for the environment

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