Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is a traditional low-maintenance grass that features a coarser texture. Tall fescue grows in soils with low nutrient levels and is tolerant to both insects and disease. Tall fescue doesn’t grow well with other grasses, but you may want to use at least three different cultivars of fescue to improve genetic diversity and disease resistance. Once fully established, tall fescue has outstanding wear tolerance and resists drought because of its deep rooting system.

Tall fescue seedlings are not tolerant to cold and can die if planted too late in the season. Tall fescue grows rapidly, especially during the summer. Mow frequently, as cutting more than one-third of the grass’s length can cause unsightly scalping.

Best Time to Plant Fall
Planting Depth 1/4 of inch
Germination Time 7 – 12 days
Seeding Rate 6 to 8 lbs per 1,000 square feet and 4 lbs for overseeding
Color Bright Green
Texture Coarse
Shade Tolerance Bad
Drought Tolerance Good
Traffic Tolerance Excellent
Disease Tolerance Good
Recommended Mowing Height 3 to 4 inches
Fertility Program 1.0 – 1.5 lbs Nitrogen per 1,000 sq feet in September, November, and May

Ok, now that you have chosen your grass seed, take a look at the Planting Grass Seed page for detailed instructions on how to prepare your seed bed and plant your grass seed!

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