Tall Fescue Mowing Aeration and Dethatching
“Fescue can be mowed to various heights, 2-3 inches being the recommended range. I prefer two inches as it (in my opinion) a clean looking cut and avoids drawing too much water out of the root system (as a taller cut would) during dry periods.
It is recommended that the lawn be core aerated once a year, Aeration opens up the soil to allow water and nutrients to get into where the root system is. It also encourages root growth and is a great practice in almost any type of lawn. Aerating is also a great time to fertilize and lime your lawn as it allows these additions to get in to the root system where they can work best.
General Recommendation on de-thatching – If there is more then 1/2” of thatch present (Thatch is the presence of dead leaves and stems that build up on the surface of the soil). You should power rake in the spring or fall.
Authors Note – I generally dislike thatching for the simple reason that it has a tendency to damage turf, this is especially true for grasses that spread via rhizomes. My preference is to aerate as aerating breaks up the thatch and helps it along in the decomposition process.