Turfgrass species: Tour: Common and Scientific name:
Tall fescue - Festuca arundinacea Schreb.
|Growth Habit||bunch; occasionally with short rhizomes|
|Texture||medium to coarse|
|Density||new varieties have moderate to moderately high density at high seeding rates|
|Color||medium to dark green|
Useful identifying Characteristics
|auricles, small hairs, rolled, purple base, ribbed blade, rough leaf margin|
|Roadside, athletic fields, home lawns in the transition zone, now being
used in more areas;
good drought tolerance; select "turf-type" tall fescues for lawn or athletic applications.
|Seeding Rate||6 to 9 lb per 1000 sq.ft.
generally avoid mixing with other species.
|Sun/shade||sun, partial shade|
|Soil||all, wider range than Kentucky bluegrass|
|Moisture||tolerates drier conditions than Kentucky bluegrass; may need irrigation during establishment for best stand|
|Mowing height||2 1/2" to 3"|
|Fertility||medium, will tolerate low fertility, 2 to 4 lb N/1000 sq.ft./year|
|Brown patch at high nitrogen fertility levels; may thin out over time in cool regions.|