grass - medium to dark green color, moderate density - more extensive root system
than any other cool-season turfgrass. Texture ranges from coarse to medium for
newer turf-types. A bunch-type grass.
RECOMMENDED USAGE: Very good transition zone grass - adapted
to moderately cold winters and warm summers - good tough play lawn - recommended
for a wide variety of uses, including residential and commercial landscapes,
roadsides, parks, recreation areas, and sports fields.
TEMPERATURE TOLERANCE: Good heat tolerance for a cool-season
grass - grows in a wide range of temperatures in the transitional climatic zone
between cool and warm climates - less cold hardy than most cool-season grasses.
DROUGHT RESISTANCE: Good - one of the better cool-season turfgrasses,
fairly deep root system helps avoid drought. Can go into summer dormancy, with
brown leaves, when irrigation is withheld; upon return of moisture supply, will
green up again. Some varieties have better tolerance to heat and drought.
SHADE ADAPTATION: Good in transition zone - prefers full sun
- moderately tolerant to partial shade. Of the cool-season grasses, only fine
leafed fescues rank higher in shade adaptation.
WEAR RESISTANCE: Good - suitable for moderate recreation and
foot traffic areas exhibiting good initial wear recovery, especially in spring
and fall when growth is rapid. Consult your local Laytonsville Landscaping,
Inc. Company if more information is needed on this or other turfgrass species.
TALL FESCUE MAINTENANCE: Taking good care of your lawn often
requires no more work overall than taking poor care of it. A lawn that is properly
mowed, fertilized and watered has far fewer problems with weeds, diseases and
insects. A well kept lawn also remains dense and attractive, providing you much
more enjoyment and environmental benefits.
WATER NEEDS: Moderate - apply 0.5 to 1 inch of water as a deep
soaking every 3 to 7 days to encourage a deep, healthy root system during dry
or hot periods. Avoid frequent, shallow watering that results in shallow roots,
permitting weed germination and growth.
MOWING & THATCHING: Optimum mowing height of 2 to 3 inches for
a high quality lawn. Mow regularly with a sharp rotary or reel mower, allowing
clippings from frequent mowing to remain on the lawn. Never remove more than
1/3 of the shoot growth at one mowing. Tall fescue forms very little thatch.
SOIL & FERTILIZER NEEDS: Adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
- has rather deep extensive root system for a cool-season grass that makes excellent
use of soil moisture and mineral nutrients - good tolerance to saline soil conditions.
Fertilize twice a year, spring and fall, with a complete fertilizer containing
nitrogen, phosphate and potassium - apply N at 2 to 4 lbs. per sq. ft. per year.
Will respond well to high nitrogen applications to achieve a higher quality
turf. Water thoroughly after fertilization.
DISEASE, WEED & INSECT CONTROL: Varieties are available that
are resistant to net blotch, brown patch and crown rust. For weeds, chemical
controls are most effective during fall and spring. All information is based
on average/normal conditions; individual sites and situations may differ. Therefore,
contact your local nurseryman or county Extension Office.
Producers International, a not-for-profit association. Specific requirements
your turfgrass can be obtained by contacting a TPI member in your area.
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