The Grass Guru

Asheville’s resident lawn expert, Brad Johnson, shares his tips and tricks for making your grass verdant and springy all year ’round. “We typically enjoy great weather here in Asheville for growing fescue mainly,” he explains. Get past the droughts and dry spells with Johnson’s advice:

  • Either supplied by Mother Nature or with irrigation, lawns generally need about 1.5” of water per week to perform well.
  • Mow frequently enough so that you take off no more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade with each mowing, with a sharp blade, and at the recommended height for fescue, which is about 3”.
  • Fescue requires about 3-4 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1000’ plus smaller amounts of other nutrients, applied mainly in spring and fall.
  • Being a cool-season bunch-type grass, fescue really needs to be overseeded every season to maintain a thick, lush turf. we recommend fall seeding with fescue, giving the turf an extra six months or so of maturity before summer stress hits.
  • Avoid over-watering and thin out trees and landscaping to allow for better air circulation to avoid Brown Patch.
  • Unsightly weeds can choke out a lawn application of an early spring pre-emergent is good prevention.