Tall fescue grass is famous for its ability to adapt to different climatic conditions – and its ability to endure heat, cold, drought, and shade. If you’re a homeowner looking into ways to make your lawn look phenomenal, you may want to know more about tall fescue grasses and their seeds. Here’s the complete guide to tall fescue grass seed as part of a successful Landscape Installation.
What is tall fescue grass?
Tall fescue grass was brought to the US from Europe in the late 1800s but its official discovery happened in Kentucky in 1931 – by Dr. E. N. Fergus who was by then an agricultural professor at the University of Kentucky. The discovery happened when Dr. Fergus went to Menifee County to judge a sorghum syrup competition that was taking place. While there, he was approached by a local resident who asked him if he was aware of the grass that was growing in a nearby farm.
Dr. Fergus went to the farm and was surprised by how green and exuberant the grass was – even in hot climatic conditions and cool winters.
The grass was hence identified as tall fescue and its seeds were collected from the farm. Dr. Fergus then trialed the seeds collected in various locations around Kentucky. The results of the trial became known as KY-31, which is a tall fescue cultivar that was released in 1944. The cultivar became extremely popular among Kentucky farmers between the 1940s and 1950s. It then spread to the rest of the country fast and never looked back.
Tall fescue is known for being versatile, durable and excellent at making beautiful lawns. As previously stated, the grass is climate-tolerant and has a coarse appearance. It’s normally used in high-traffic areas such as commercial sites and baseball fields. This is due to its durability and shade-tolerant properties. Its roots are also deep hence help promote the plant’s health during dry seasons.
Is tall fescue a good lawn grass?
Lawn grasses are categorized into two: Cool season grasses and warm-season grasses. Cool season grasses examples include bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass. They grow best in the Central and Northern US – and in milder areas of Southern California. Warm-season grasses on the other hand include Centipede, Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia. They grow best in South and Southwestern parts of the US.
Compared to other types of lawn grasses, tall fescue grasses are the most heat and drought-tolerant grasses despite being a cool-season grass. So how do you plant tall fescue grass seed? Here’s a step-by-step procedure on how to successfully plant the seeds.
Need help planting tall fescue grass seed?
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