Sod Production Tall Fescue (Code #772)
Soil Test RatingPotassium

Low K

Coast: 0-60 lbs/A

Pied: 0-100 lbs/A

Medium K

Coast: 61-150 lbs/A

Pied: 101-200 lbs/A

High K

Coast: 151-250 lbs/A

Pied: 201-350 lbs/A

Very High K

Coast: 250+ lbs/A

Pied: 350+ lbs/A

PhosphorusRecommended Pounds N-P205-K20 per Acre

Low P

Coast: 0-30 lbs/A

Pied: 0-20 lbs/A


Medium P

Coast: 31-60 lbs/A

Pied: 21-40 lbs/A


High P

Coast: 61-100 lbs/A

Pied: 41-75 lbs/A


Very High P

Coast: 100+ lbs/A

Pied: 75+ lbs/A


Coast = Coastal Plain    Pied = Piedmont, Mountain, and Limestone Valley


Recommended pH:6.0 to 7.0. If the pH is less than 6.0, see Lime Table B.
Nitrogen:90-135 pounds nitrogen (N) per acre

If soil test Mg level is low and lime is recommended, use dolomitic limestone.

Coastal PlainLow: 0 - 30 lbs/acre Medium: 31 - 60 lbs/acre High: >60 lbs/acre
Piedmont Low: 0 - 60 lbs/acre Medium: 61 - 120 lbs/acre High: >120 lbs/acre

Fact Sheet:

It is best to incorporate lime, phosphate (P2O5), and potash (K2O) prior to reestablishment. If no tillage is conducted after harvest, it is still better to apply these materials prior to sod knitting.

If more than 100 pounds of phosphate and 100 pounds of potash are recommended, it is preferable to split the applications, unless they are made after harvesting on exposed soil or tilled into the soil.

*Apply 45 pounds of nitrogen (N) per acre after seedling emergence and an additional 45 pounds nitrogen per acre four weeks later. If more rapid cover is desired and other production practices (mowing, irrigation, weed control) are not a problem, increase the nitrogen rate accordingly to obtain the desired growth. High nitrogen application rates during spring and prior to harvesting should be avoided since this may encourage disease problems and drought stress.