Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is best adapted to the mountains and piedmont but can be successfully maintained on the heavy silt loams in the coastal plain. It is a reliable performer and easily started from seed. It is the best grass to plant if you want a year-round green lawn. Tall fescue thrives in sun or medium shade. It will not perform well in full sun in the coastal plain, especially if the soil is sandy. It can be seeded by itself or mixed with Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, or both, particularly where shade is a concern. Tall fescue is a bunch-type grass, so damaged or bare areas will need to be re-seeded. It exhibits good disease resistance, drought tolerance, and cold tolerance; tolerates moderate traffic; and persists with minimum care. Several improved tall fescue cultivars have been developed that are more shade tolerant, denser, and finer textured than Kentucky 31, a commonly used older cultivar. These characteristics become more evident as the turf matures and the maintenance level increases. Research has shown that some of these improved cultivars also have darker green color, improved disease tolerance, lower growth habit, better wear tolerance, and drought tolerance.

Experts recommend that a blend of two or three cultivars be planted rather than seeding just a single cultivar. This broadens the genetic base and gives the turf a better chance of withstanding a variety of challenges. Use a seeding rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet (sq ft). Don’t assume more is better. Higher seeding rates can result in weak, thin stands that are more susceptible to disease and high temperature stress.

The tall fescues perform best when mowed at a height of 3 inches, and should never be mowed shorter than 2.5 inches. Tall fescue may turn brown, yet can often survive short periods of drought. Under certain circumstances, some tall fescue may be lost if a drought exceeds three weeks. To maintain a green lawn, it is best to irrigate, if possible, during periods of drought.

Growers

American Turf Grass Corporation

Chris Lilley
14593 NC Hwy 94 N.
Creswell 27928

Phone:
Fax: (252)797-4993

http://www.americanturfgrass.com

Tall Fescue: Confederate, Winners Circle

Bermudagrass: Celebration™, Tifway 419

Zoysiagrass: Empire™

Bluegrass: Dura Blue

Dan River Turf

Mitch Mitchell
P. O. Box 122
Pine Hall 27042

Phone:
Fax: (336)427-5930

Tall Fescue: Piedmont, Water Saver Blend, Titan RX, Escalade

Bluegrass: Thermal Blue Blaze

DMG Turf, Inc.

Clay Gardner
997 Matthews Mill Pd. Road
Angier 27501

Phone:
Fax: (919)639-6312

http://www.dmgturf.com

Tall Fescue: Triple Threat plus

Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, Tifgrand

Centipedegrass: Common

Zoysiagrass: Compadre

Essick Sod Farm

Larry Essick
3026 Abbotts Creek Church Road
Kernersville 27284-8551

Phone:
Fax: (336)887-0783

Tall Fescue: Falcon IV

Zoysiagrass: Zenith™

Bluegrass: Thermal Blue

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Falcon IV Thermal Blue Mix

Super Sod

Brad Hubinek
1225 Farmers Market Drive
Raleigh 27603

Phone:
Fax: (919)836-0493

http://www.supersod.com

Bermudagrass: Tifgrand, TifTuf, Tifway 419

Centipedegrass: Common, Tifblair

Tall Fescue: Super Sod Elite

Zoysiagrass: Emerald, Zenith™, Leisure Time

Thomas Turf, Inc.

Anthony Thomas
1816 Price Rd
Indian Trail 28079

Phone:
Fax:

http://www.thomasturfinc.com

Tall Fescue: Turf Type Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Turf Type Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Mix

Turf Mountain Sod, Inc.

Wayne Pittillo
3277 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville 28792

Phone:
Fax: (828) 685-1121

http://www.turfmountain.com

Bluegrass: Barvette, Midnight Star

Tall Fescue: Black Beauty

Vandemark Farms

Ryan Adams
9390 NC Hwy 33
Whitakers 27891

Phone:
Fax: (252) 437-0228

http://www.vandemarkfarms.com

Bermudagrass: TifTuf, Tifway 419

Centipedegrass: Common

St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh

Tall Fescue: Confederate

Zoysiagrass: Compadre