Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix

Bluegrass produces a high-quality, medium- to fine-textured turf, at least when grown in the right climate. In North Carolina, it is well suited for the mountains and can be grown in combination with tall fescue in the piedmont. It is not suitable for use in the coastal plain. Bluegrass prefers fertile, limed, well-drained soils in sun or light shade. Excellent sod results from rhizomes (underground stems) that spread, with most cultivars recuperating from and tolerating pest control measures and moderate levels of traffic. Many new cultivars with improved color, texture, and pest resistance are now commercially available.

As with most cool-season grasses, it is best to broaden the genetic base by planting a blend of two to three cultivars rather than seeding a single cultivar. It is also common for bluegrass to be seeded in combination with tall fescue. The tall fescue enhances drought and heat tolerance, whereas the bluegrass provides finer texture and greater recuperative potential. Generally, bluegrass grows better than tall fescue in moderate shade. When mixed with tall fescue, bluegrass tends to dominate where the soil is limed and the turf is adequately fertilized and mowed fairly short.

Bluegrass should be mowed at a height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches when planted alone. It should be mowed at 2.5 inches or higher when mixed with tall fescue. Seeding rates range from 1 to 2 pounds per 1,000 sq ft. Higher rates can result in weak, thin stands that are more susceptible to disease and high temperature stress. Even though bluegrass may turn brown during a two- to four-week summer drought, it is not necessary to irrigate. Bluegrass recovers well from most droughts, and watering will often increase disease problems.

List of Growers

Thomas Turf Inc

Anthony Thomas
1816 Price Rd
Indian Trail NC 28079

Phone: (704)201-5988
Email: Tony@ThomasTurfinc.com


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

Sodco Turf Producers

Matthew Parrish
8625 Mt. Pleasant Church. Rd.
Willow Spring NC 27603

Phone: (919) 552-7075
Fax: (919) 552-5944
Email: matt@sodco.com


Tall Fescue: Confederate
Bermudagrass: Tifway 419TM
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Compadre
Bluegrass: Endeavor II
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Pennington Signature Series, Tarnation GT, Right Kentucky Bluegrass 5%

Sandhill Turf Inc

Mark Harris
P.O. Box 819 255 Highway 211
Eagle Springs NC 27242

Phone: (910) 673-2177
Fax: (910) 673-7810
Email: mharris@buysod.com


Bermudagrass: Tifsport, TifTuf, Tifway 419
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: JDL Select
Zoysiagrass: El Toro, Zeon, Prizm

Pro Green Inc

Barry Clark
422 Lost Corner Rd
Morganton NC 28680

Phone: (828) 430-8833
Fax: (828) 430-8876
Email: barry@progreensales.com


Bentgrass: Pure Distiction, 007, Washed Sod, L-93, Penncross, A-1
Zoysiagrass: Meyer
Bluegrass: ProPure Blue
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Triple Threat plus

Piedmont Turf Farm Inc

David McCart
1890 HW Farm Road
Maiden NC 28650

Phone: (828) 428-8359
Fax: (828) 428-2093
Email: david@piedmontturf.com


Bermudagrass: TifTufTM, T-10TM, Tifway 419TM
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Tall Fescue/Bluegrass MixTM
Bluegrass: Water Star BlendTM
Zoysiagrass: ZeonTM

Five Star Turf

Philip Faucette II
7725 Friendship Church Rd.
Browns Summit NC 27214

Phone: (336) 656-7594
Fax: (336) 656-7594
Email: fivestarturf@triad.twcbc.com


Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Big League

Dan River Turf

Mitch Mitchell
P. O. Box 122
Pine Hall NC 27042

Phone: (336) 453-3970
Fax: (336) 427-5930
Email: danriverturf@yahoo.com

Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Water Saver Blend

Carver Bros Turf

Harold Carver
118 Carver Brothers Dr
Roxboro NC 27574

Phone: (336) 592-0547
Email: info@carverbrosturf.com


Tall Fescue: Pennington Signature Series, Turf Type Tall Fescue, Water Saver Blend
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend, Pennington Signature Series, Turf Type Tall Fescue, Turf Type Tal
Zoysiagrass: Compadre
Bermudagrass: Tifway 419TM, TifTufTM, TifTuf

Essick Sod Farm

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

Phone: (336) 869-5280
Fax: (336) 887-0783
Email: Lali324@msn.com

Zoysiagrass: ZenithTM
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend

Buy Sod, Inc.

Charles Harris, JP Hayes
P.O. Box 4089
65 Community Road
Pinehurst NC 28374

Phone: (800) 428-9763, (866) 428-7612
Fax: 8004287612
Email: charris@buysod.com, jphayes@buysod.com


Bermudagrass: Tifway 419, TifTuf, Patriot
Centipedegrass: Common
Zoysiagrass: Zeon
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend

Rocky River Sod Farm

Alan Thomas, Brandon Thomas
7229 Lonnie Little Road
Marshville NC 28103

Phone: (704) 242-2229
Email: info@rockyriversod.com


Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: Improved Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend

Tri-State Turf, Inc.

Celia Richards
P.O. Box 527
Newton Grove NC 28366

Phone: (910) 567-2625
Fax: 9105672928
Email: celiaw@buysod.com


Bermudagrass: T-10, Tifway 419, Tifgrand, TifTuf, Discovery
Centipedegrass: Common
St. Augustinegrass: Raleigh
Tall Fescue / Bluegrass Mix: JDL Select
Zoysiagrass: Meyer, El Toro, Zeon