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.


Carver Bros Turf

Harold Carver
118 Carver Brothers Dr



Tall Fescue: Black Beauty, Pennington Signature Series

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend, Turf Type Blend, Turf Type Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Mix, Pennington signature series fescue blend

DMG Turf, Inc.

Clay Gardner
997 Matthews Mill Pd. Road
Angier 27501

Fax: (919)639-6312


Tall Fescue: Triple Threat plus

Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, Tifgrand

Centipedegrass: Common

Zoysiagrass: Compadre

Essick Sod Farm

Dale or Libby Essick
3026 Abbotts Creek Church Road
Kernersville 27284-8551

Fax: (336)887-0783

Tall Fescue: Falcon IV

Zoysiagrass: Zenith™

Bluegrass: Thermal Blue

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Falcon IV Thermal Blue Mix

Macon Turf Farm, Inc

Leary Winslow
337 Cedar Stretch Road
Hertford 27944

Fax: (252) 426-1756


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419

Centipedegrass: Common

Tall Fescue: Triple Threat plus

Zoysiagrass: Compadre

Piedmont Turf Farm Inc

David McCart
1890 HW Farm Road
Maiden 28650

Fax: (828)428-2093


Tall Fescue: Premium Sod

Bermudagrass: T-10, Tifway 419

Zoysiagrass: Zeon

Bluegrass: Low Mow Blend

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: JDL Select

Super Sod

Brad Hubinek
1225 Farmers Market Drive
Raleigh 27603

Fax: (919)836-0493


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



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

Fax: (828) 685-1121


Bermudagrass: NorthBridge

Bluegrass: Barvette, Midnight Star

Tall Fescue: Black Beauty

Vandemark Farms

Dean Vandermark
9390 NC Hwy 33
Whitakers 27891

Fax: (252) 437-0228


Bermudagrass: TifTuf, Tifway 419

Centipedegrass: Common

St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh

Tall Fescue: Triple Threat plus

Zoysiagrass: Compadre