One of my favorite aspects about lawns is their long-term longevity. It is easy to see the hardiness of each grass by looking at how long it stays green under different conditions. I love tall fescue grass.
This grass is used as a transitional lawn. Tall fescue is a cool-season grass, but it can be seen crossing between the sunny North and the frigid North. If the right conditions exist, this turf can be replanted early and can remain green for a considerable time. Here are some tall fescue pros and cons.
An Overview of the Pros and Cons of Tall FescueGrass
Tall fescue grass can withstand both heat and cold. Tall fescue can withstand drought and can tolerate shade. It can withstand high foot traffic and fluctuating temperatures, making it a great turf choice for lawns that get a lot.
Tall fescue suffers from a disadvantage. It can withstand drought and heat, but it will brown and go dormant when left untreated. Despite the high traffic allowance, tall fescue cannot be repaired. It can quickly grow so it needs to be mowed frequently.
|Transitional zone grass||Extended droughts cannot be tolerated|
|Both drought tolerance and heat tolerance are possible||It is impossible to fix damaged or bare areas.|
|Handles shade well||It is important to mow your lawn frequently|
|Deals for moderate foot traffic||Wet climate issues: Sensitive to|
Tall Fescue Grass’ Advantages
It is hard to find grass that can withstand heat and cold, drought, and even shade. These remarkable qualities are rare and hard to find. Tall fescue is fast-growing and easy to grow. The best part about tall fescue is that it can be grown all day long and still have something living and green to look at in the future.
Transitional Zone Grass
Tall fescue, a cool-season grass, is often used to bridge the drought-tolerant and winter-tolerant gap. Tall fescue grows tall and deep and can adapt quickly to changing climates. This grass can thrive in any climate provided it has enough water and is maintained regularly.
Tolerant to Heat, Drought
Tall fescue develops deep taproot systems. These systems enable it can withstand extreme summer heat, as well as short droughts. For tall fescues, dormancy can not occur if there isn’t water for at least one week. If the drought continues without any supplemental water, it may brown and become dormant throughout the summer.
Handles Shade Well
Tall fescue can be grown in shade and can still spread rapidly. The shade doesn’t decrease the thickness of the grass in those areas. Tall fescue can thrive in areas where other sun-loving turf grasses are not allowed.
The tall fescue fescue blades can easily be bent and smushed without causing damage to the plant. This turf can be walked on and will bounce right back. This grass can be walked on, but any weight greater than this could cause long-term problems.
Tall Fescue Grass’ Disadvantages
There are disadvantages to transitional grass. Tall fescue isn’t able to handle prolonged wet and cold seasons as well as some of the other cool-season grasses. Once damage has been done, repairs are not possible. Reseeding is required. It can be difficult to maintain a lawn and keep it mowed.
Extended droughts cannot be tolerated
If the grass is not irrigated for more than two or three weeks, it can become brown and dormant. The weather will return to normal and the turf will remain dormant. This could lead to unusable turf during summer.
It is impossible to restore barren or damaged areas.
Tall fescue can’t send runners or tolons to fill in the bare spots. Instead, the edge effect will spread the bare spot throughout your lawn. You will need to manually reseed the areas that aren’t filled in. This can be a hassle, especially during the summer months.
Must be Mowned Often
In ideal conditions, tall Fescue might be green from March through October. To keep your lawn green, you will need to mow it throughout the year. If you love your lawn, mowing it can be a pleasure. It can be tedious and costly if you outsource the work.
Wet Climate Issues
Tall fescue, while a cool-season grass, is more vulnerable to wet weather problems than other similar grasses. This grass has deep taproots, which allow it draw water from the ground. If you water the lawn too often, over-watering can cause damage to the roots. This can cause lawn problems such as pest and disease infestations.
Tall Fescue may be the right choice for you.
It can be difficult to quickly choose tall fescue. Its adaptability to different climates is a huge advantage. It can be unsuitable for your yard due to its serious drawbacks.
Tall fescue thrives in areas with warm weather and little drought. Tall fescue can withstand foot traffic and shade, and it is a great choice for those who want a green turf that will thrive in the sun.
Tall fescue may not work well in areas where the summers can be hot and dry or when there is prolonged wet and cold periods. Ideal is a low-maintenance lawn that self-heals and requires little maintenance. Mow once per MonthTall fescue could be too troublesome for you.
To help you decide whether tall fescue should be used in your yard, weigh all of these pros.
While you might be interested in the cons and pros of tall fescue (but not the pros), Take a look at the alternatives.
Bermuda Grass This grass is drought resistant and heat-tolerant. Even in the hottest summers, it can withstand. Bermuda grass can withstand heavy traffic and can be quickly regenerated. This grass is an excellent choice to tall fescue grasses which require faster repair.
Perennial Rye This grass can withstand both warm summers and cold winters. It is fast-growing and can withstand moderate to heavy traffic. For support in wet areas, you can plant perennial rye with tall Fescue.
Kentucky Blue: This grass is a great choice for those who want a mix of warm and cool season grasses. Kentucky blue can withstand heavy traffic and is very versatile. It can withstand extreme droughts, but it can withstand temperature swings which are common during warm winters and summers.