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Is tall fescue good for lawns?

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Asked by: Jim Birmingham

Pennington Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue Grass Seed remains a leading choice for lawn owners seeking economical, low-maintenance, heat- and drought-tolerant lawns. As a cool-season grass, tall fescue is well-suited to northern lawns.

What is the difference between tall fescue and fine fescue?

While tall fescue is dark green with broad, coarse blades, fine fescue has narrow, stiff blades. Fine fescue is also dark green when it’s healthy but the blade type can make it seem like an even deeper shade than tall fescue when they’re both the same height.

What grass makes the prettiest lawn?

Tips for growing a gorgeous lawn:

Cool-season grasses (fescue, bluegrass) do best in Northern climates, while warm-season grasses (St. Augustine, zoysia) fare better in Southern climates. A grass variety recommended for one area of the country may be discouraged for use in another area.

What is the easiest grass to maintain?

Fine fescue is the most popular low-maintenance cool-season grass. Hard fescue and fine fescue mixes require very little maintenance. You’ll only have to mow your lawn once or twice a year. Fescues are hardy and they’ll naturally crowd out weeds, so you don’t have to worry about fertilizer, herbicide, or pesticide.

Where does fescue grass grow best?

In the United States, tall fescue is found from the Pacific Northwest to the southern states in low-lying pastures. Although it grows best in moist environments, tall fescue has good drought tolerance and will survive during dry periods in a dormant state.

What grass can I mix with tall fescue?

The tall fescues stay green in the summer, tolerate heat & drought, and can tolerate a fair amount of shade. The perennial ryegrass establishes quickly providing erosion control until the turf becomes established. The Kentucky bluegrass complements the mix, and repairs any damage done by traffic or disease.

Which is better ryegrass or fescue?

Durability. Tall fescue is more drought-resistant than perennial ryegrass because of its deeply embedded roots. It grows in full sunlight to partial shade, but cannot withstand extreme cold. Perennial rye tolerates full sun as well, but lesser shade than tall fescue.

Which is better fescue or bermuda grass?

Bermuda will do better in a drought during high heat conditions (temperatures above 90F) than tall fescue and will stay green longer if water is withheld under average weather conditions. However, tall fescue can handle weeks of drought without going dormant (or going brown) as long as temperatures cap at about 85F.

What grass is the darkest green?

Zoysia japonica, a member of the Zoysia species, and generally referred to as Zoysiagrass, has a deep, dark green color and and produces a thick turf that is very tolerant of a number of conditions, but not cool weather.

_Zoysia japonica_

Characteristics Value
Water: Dry to medium
Bloom Description: Non-flowering

What kind of grass stays green all year long?


Basically, Fescue is a cool season grass (that means it likes cooler temperatures, more appropriately, it melts in higher temperatures), so now is the time it should look good. Many covet their fescue simply because it is green year round, unlike its warm season grass counterparts that brown out in the winter.

Will tall fescue choke out weeds?

Fescues are cool-season grasses, which means they tolerate cold winters, but may suffer during hot, dry summers. Fescues have a bunching growth habit, which makes it difficult for them to fill in and choke out weeds.

Will tall fescue spread?

Yes, it spreads, but not the way Bermuda grass spreads. While improved varieties of tall fescue have weak rhizomes, it is a bunchgrass. The plants get wider but do not establish new plants from the stems the way some grasses spread.

Does tall fescue look like crabgrass?

Here is the biggest difference between fescue and crabgrass: check the color and size. Tall fescue grass is mostly very thick and grows very fast in big bunches in the yard. Crabgrass is usually light green and can be found on the edges of the lawn or in very thin parts of the lawn.

What is fescue grass good for?

Tall fescue is valued for its adaptability to a wide range of climates and its tolerances for cold, heat, drought and shade. In its preferred growing zones, tall fescue provides lawn owners with outstanding options for improving lawn resilience and durability.

How long does it take tall fescue grass to grow?

14 to 21 days

Seeing Results. It takes most fescue seeds 14 to 21 days to germinate and show signs of growth. Many factors affect the germination period, including the temperature, your soil’s oxygen level, and its watering schedule.