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Tall Fescue

Description and Characteristics

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Tall Fescues have unique qualities that make them desirable, they are moderately shade tolerant, have fast germination and rapid establishment after planting and are adaptable to a wide range of of soil and climate conditions. An additional plus is that they are tolerant to high traffic conditions. Tall Fescues are often used in blends or seed mixes with other lawn varieties. Tall Fescues grow in clumps, or bunches. The close spacing between the clumps force the fescue to grow upright.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species . Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln.

Tall fescues have three predominant traits that make them popular, shade tolerance (Fine fescues more so then the tall), drought resistance and staying green all year, The additional benefit of making them easy to establish via seed make Tall Fescue a popular choice in a broad region of the U.S. A well kept fescue lawn that is well established is a great looking, moderate maintenance lawn.


Traffic Tolerance High Traffic Tolerance
Type Cool Season Grass
Acidity PH 5.5-6.5
Maintenance High, A fast Grower!
Fertilizer Commercially Available Lawn Fertilizers
Growth Rate Slow
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Regular Watering (Do not Over water)
Mowing Height 2-3"
Propogation Seed
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Best USDA Zones 4-5-6-7

USDA Info on Tall Fescue

USDA Zone Map