When does tall fescue break winter dormancy?


#1

I live in on long Island. Around when does tall fescue break its winter dormancy and start growing again? Haven’t been able to find this info around the web. Thanks.


#2

Curious about this too. To make things even more confusing, this (in my area) will be the warmest February ever. Lots of 60s/70s. Average is usually 52.


#3

@Irwhit, usually fescue will start growing when the soil temperatures are between 50° and 65° degrees F – these soil temperatures usually occur when the daytime air temperatures are between 60° and 75° degrees.

Since daytime air temperatures are related to seasonal treads, using phenology trends and averages, Long Islands usually experiences it’s first leaf date around 4/1 and first bloom around 5/1.


Keep in mind that spring is early this year; roughly 20 days early in some areas!


#4

Hi Emil,
Thank you so much for that information! The maps are helpful. Looks like I won’t have too much longer to wait for my lawn to spring back to life.


#6

@Irwhit We are based in Colorado and went to an irrigation class last week and the ground wasn’t even frozen :scream:. We were able to get a soil sample and look at root zone and everything!


#7

Fieldtrips are the best. Is that device pretty easy to use and estimate length?


#8

@Modawg2k

It is, it’s just a plug that you can check root zone depth.

:cheers: