Grass Types

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue is a species of cool season grass that is ideal for home lawns. It performs well all year round and has a long growing season, but typically stops growing when the soil temperature drops below 4 degrees celsius.

Advantages of Tall Fescue include:

  • Tolerates hot, dry conditions
  • Commonly used for roadsides and low maintenance areas
  • Tolerates foot traffic
  • Relatively shade tolerant
  • Has an attractive dark green colour

Unlike Fine Fescue, Tall Fescue has coarse grass blades, making it ideal for full sun areas. But make sure you don't get the two confused, otherwise you might have some issues later down the track. 

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Disadvantages of Tall Fescue include:

  • It is primarily a bunch type grass, so it tends to grow in clumps
  • Slow to recuperate from damage
  • Coarse, wide blade in older varieties does not blend well with other grass species
  • Has a poor cold tolerance for the cooler parts of Canada
  • Susceptible to Brown Patch disease in high humidity areas
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