When Do I Plant Crossfire Fescue?

Crossfire is the brand name for a fescue lawn grass variety developed and marketed by the Pickseed company. It is a tall fescue grass that is generally darker green and has smaller leaves than older fescue types. It looks similar to Kentucky bluegrass, and is frequently used where Kentucky bluegrass cannot be grown.

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According to Richard Duble, a turfgrass specialist with the Texas Cooperative Extension, it’s best to plant fescue grasses in the early fall when seeds have the best chance of growing under ideal conditions. Seeds may also be planted in the spring, particularly in areas with coverage problems; however, seeds may die from heat stress during the summer months.


Crossfire and other tall fescues are commonly used in areas where there the soil has suffered salt damage, identified by a white or yellowish-brown crust on the soil surface. As with other tall fescue varieties, Crossfire can be mixed with other grasses to provide good coverage and create a pest- and disease-resistant lawn. Crossfire is also fairly drought-tolerant, according to Pickseed.


Use Crossfire in high-traffic areas such playgrounds and the rough areas of golf courses, as well as transitional zones or areas of the country that are hotter in climate.


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