Tall Fescue

Fescue is a cool-season lawn grass that thrives in cooler climates and transition zones. It is well-suited for cool, moist growing conditions. Fescue doesn't do well in dry weather, and needs to be frequently watered in the summer. An irrigation system or the ability to extensively water your lawn is recommended. Fescue is considered the perfect grass for transitional areas that are too hot for other types of cool season grasses and too cool for warm season grasses. Fescue does particularly well in areas that are heavily shaded.

Tall Fescue is a type of sod that can best survive in a climate that is cold and has extremely low light. It is primarily found in Europe because of the cold weather and locations near coastal areas, seashores, grassland with lots of moisture and on the banks of rivers but in the northern part of the hemisphere. In the 1800s this grass was introduced in the US as a lawn grass but soon its special features were used for agriculture purposes. The people who want to establish a pasture farm must consider this type of sod by Atlanta Sod Farm. The above-mentioned locations are ideal for it but exposure to drought for too long can make it inactive. Unlike other types of sods, it can easily grow in minimal sunlight. Tall Fescue can grow in places where the soil is rocky, sandy or has clay in it. But be very careful as it can’t bear heavy foot traffic, although the overall grass is tough and can be difficult to trim. As the grass grows very well in moist weather so an irrigation system must be used to water it. This must be specially done in the summer season to avoid withering.

Hot Weather TolerancePoor
Shade ToleranceExcellent
Wear ResistanceGood
Salt TolerancePoor
Injury RecoveryModerate
Winter ColorGreen
Mowing Height2-4 inches once/week. Disease, Weed, and Insect Resistance: Fairly good weed control and good fungus control during cool months. Will require some attention during hot months.
Soil and FertilizerGrows well in clay to sandy soils neutral to alkalize soils. Above tolerance for acidic soils p.H. level of 4.5 to 8.5. Need 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 feet per growing month or every 45 days. Fertilize twice per year with 10 pounds of 10-10-10 per 1,000 feet.
WateringDuring sod establishment, water every day so that the soil is soaked 3-4 inches deep. Do not allow to wilt. An additional watering might be needed. The primary watering should be done between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Established sod should be watered every day during the hot months and about every 4-7 days during cooler months
MowingEvery 4-7 days at height of 2-4 inches.