Tall Fescue

SKUS: LS800A, LS800B, LS800C, LS800D, LS800E, LS800F, LS800S

Festuca arundinacea. Turf type. Tall Fescue stands up to traffic, drought, cold, shade, pets, and mowing. It is far tougher than conventional... Read More

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More details about Tall Fescue

Festuca arundinacea. Turf type. Tall Fescue stands up to traffic, drought, cold, shade, pets, and mowing. It is far tougher than conventional lawn grasses like Kentucky blue grass, but it still makes a lush green lawn. It is commonly used by municipalities for planting recreation fields and school grounds. Use Tall Fescue to overseed existing lawn at a rate of 1.8kg (4 lbs) per thousand square feet. Better yet, seed a new area, with no turf present, at 3.6kg (8 lbs) of seed per thousand square feet. This fescue is a tough perennial. Officially, it is hardy to Zone 4, but a sudden onset of very cold weather can interfere with its dormancy, causing winterkill. Sow in the spring or fall (fall is recommended) at a depth of 5-10mm (¼-½”). Because this product does not produce thatch, it is not attractive to the chafer beetle. Fescue can be mixed with wildflower blends or Micro-Clover to cover in an area densely and quickly. It still requires mowing approximately every two weeks in the growing season.

Fescue is also a major component of our Chafer Beetle Resistant Lawn Blend.

Quick Facts:

    • Drought resistant
    • Grows in part shade
    • Stands up to pets
    • Hardy to Zone 4
    • Tougher than grass

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All About Tall Fescue

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: Tall Fescue is hardy to Zone 4.

Timing

Timing
The best time to plant fescue seeds is when the soil temperature is between 10-18°C (50-65ºF) or daytime temperatures are in the 15-23°C (60-75ºF) range. When daytime temperatures are above 32°C (90ºF) or below 10°C (50ºF) the seeds will go dormant. It is best not to plant fescue seeds in the summer months.

Starting

Use Tall Fescue to seed bare soil, with no turf present, at 3.6kg (8 lb) of seed per 1,000 square feet. Aim to sow at a depth of 5-10mm (¼-½”). Because lawn spaces tend to be large, we recommend erring on the side of caution. It’s a good idea to withhold 15-20% of seeds for filling in any bald areas later. All new plantings should be kept damp.

Growing

Growing
This fescue is a tough perennial. Officially, it is hardy to Zone 4, but a sudden onset of very cold weather can interfere with its dormancy, causing winter-kill.  Because this product does not produce thatch, it is not attractive to the chafer beetle.

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