Turfgrass – Tall Fescue

(Festuca rubra)

Tall Fescue is a durable, cool season grass that is well adapted to either sunny or partially shaded areas. Known for its tolerance to traffic, heat, and drought, this turfgrass can be found in lawns throughout much of North America. Certain varieties of tall fescue can contain endophytic fungi which offer natural disease and insect resistance.

Identifying Tall Fescue -

Tall fescue features leaves that are rolled in the bud and short, membranous ligules. The collars is broad and continuous and auricles are absent in this turfgrass species.

Tall fescue sheaths are not compressed, and are reddish-pink in color below ground level. The flat blades are strongly veined above, rough along the edges, and sharply pointed at the tips.

The seedhead is vertically growing, with a somewhat compressed panicle and spikelets containing between 6 and 8 seeds.

Common Lawn Problems with Tall Fescue -

  • Poor tolerance of cold
  • May form clumps in fine-bladed grasses
  • Requires frequent watering in the absence of rainfall
  • Open areas may develop and need to be reseeded, due to its bunch type growth habit
Turfgrass - Tall Fescue

Characteristics of Tall Fescue


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