In the mid-Atlantic east coast, it seems like winter hardly even happened this year. And if you love the warm days, green grass, and blooming flowers, this probably feels great. In some areas, it didn’t even feel like the lawn had a chance to so dormant. This may be because many lawns in the area have the “wonder grass” aka tall fescue. It is one of the most common types of grass in our area, and if you’re considering new sod this season, it is a great choice. Tall fescue sod is a cool season sod, which makes it ideal for many uses in our region. Let’s explore whether this is the right sod choice for your new sod installation.
Is Tall Fescue Native?
Tall fescue is not native to the Americas but still does very well, especially in the northern US. Tall fescue originally comes from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, northern and central Asia, and parts of Europe. While it isn’t native, that doesn’t stop it from thriving.
What Is A Cool-Season Grass?
A cool-season grass thrives when cool, so it actively grows in the spring and fall when the weather is temperate. This makes it good for the northern United States since those areas tend to have colder winters and cooler springs and fall. However, unlike many other cool-season grasses, tall fescue is also relatively drought-resistant and heat tolerant. Since this area also has reasonably hot peaks in the summer, tall fescue is the apparent front-runner.
What Makes It So Popular?
Many qualities that make tall fescue a “wonder grass” also make it popular in our region. It thrives in the temperate cooler months but is not unduly stressed or compromised by the heat of our summers. Tall fescue has a great color, nice blade size, and density and does well in both shade and sun. Tall fescue can also be tolerant of less mowing than some other grasses. Tall Fescue is also tolerant of different soil types. Tall fescue is also resistant to many lawn pests and diseases.
Are There Down Sides?
Tall fescue does, of course, have some downsides. It is a great grass for your new sod installation, but nothing is always completely perfect. Tall fescue tends to grow in bunches, so it is not as great for filling in patches by seed (typically less of an issue when laying sod). It is also vulnerable to brown patches, ad when it does get damaged, it is slow to recover.
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