Tall fescue is a cool-season
grass, well adapted to sunny or partially shady areas. When densely
sown, a pure stand forms a moderate to coarse-textured lawn that is
uniform in appearance with good weed and disease resistance. Tall
fescue tolerates warm summer temperatures and stays green during cool,
but not severe winter conditions. New varieties that are finer in
texture and shorter in stature are known as turf-type tall fescues
and dwarf turf-type tall fescues. Tall fescue is a good species to
plant for general lawn use and is the most common lawn grass in California.
A coarse-textured medium to dark-green
grass. Leaves are rolled in the bud. It has short, rounded auricles,
a short membranous ligule, and an extensive root system. Because tall
fescue has a bunch-type growth habit rather than a creeping-type,
open areas may develop and need to be reseeded.
Low maintenance. Tall fescue has excellent
tolerance for heat stress and drought. It will tolerate moderate traffic
and infrequent mowing. This species is not well adapted to high altitudes.