In the Mid-South region, turfgrasses Zoysia and Bermuda are better suited for our climate and require more than 6 hours of direct sunlight to prosper. On the other hand, Fescue will grow well in the shade of your trees and can eliminate those "undesirable bare ground areas" under the trees.
The Fescue family of grasses is the only grass available that can be sustained year-round in heavily shaded areas. Fescue, regardless of variety, will thin out over time. That is why it is necessary to be overseed periodically to increase turf density. The average period between seedings is 1 to 3 years, depending upon various factors such as sunlight, irrigation, and fertilization.
For optimal results, fescue seeding should be done from September 15th through October 31st. This allows the Fescue seedlings time to germinate and begin growth during the last warm weeks of Fall. These seedlings will then have time to grow and reach maturity and develop a good strong root system, so they may be able to withstand the stress from the cold winter months and the heat of the coming summer. Due to the lack of time to develop an adequate root system and the high mortality rate of seed planted in the spring, it is our policy that we will not perform fescue seeding in the spring.