The Rebels® Brand turf-type tall fescue combines the sensory
appeal of rich, green color and fine texture with the resilience and
durability that modern lawns demand. By understanding what makes turf-type
tall fesuce a leading choice for high-quality, high-performance turf, you're
on your way to a thick, uniform, low-maintenance lawn that's a cut above the
Fast Facts for Turf-Type Tall Fescue
- Cool-season, bunch-forming, perennial grass
- Suited to all but the southernmost U.S.
- Heat, cold, drought, shade and traffic tolerance
- Improved insect and disease resistance
- Rich, healthy color throughout the growing season
- Attractive, fine-textured, thick, uniform turf
- Low growing, low maintenance lawn
Extensive Growing Region
High-quality turf-type (TT) tall fescue offers one of the largest growing
regions of any common U.S. lawn grass. As with other cool-season grasses, TT
tall fescue peaks in growth during cool fall and spring weather, and it
thrives across the northern United States. However, improved tolerance for
both heat and cold extends this grass's usefulness and growing range.
In addition to cool-climate use, TT tall fescues excel in the transition zone
where many other lawn grasses struggle. In this difficult grass growing zone —
too hot for traditional cool-season grasses and too cold for many warm-season
lawn grasses — versatile TT tall fescues deliver. With
The Rebels® Brand Tall Fescue Blend, you enjoy durable, fine-textured lawns that stand up to heat and cold and
maintain color through the growing season.
For the demanding temperatures and conditions in the lower transition zone,
spanning parts of the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and lower Midwest, the tall
fescue varieties in
The Rebels® Brand Southern Classic Blend rise to the occasion, keeping your lawn healthy, thick and thriving
in tough southern summer conditions.
Tradition tall fescue grasses have a much broader, coarser blade than
turf-type tall fescues.
Distinctive Growth Habit
Turf-type tall fescue differs from many traditional lawn grasses in its
bunch-forming growth habit. Modern tall fescue turf grasses descend from
tough, hardy, agricultural grass introduced to the United States from Europe.
Like their pasture-grass ancestor, turf types naturally form clumps and spread
by tillers. This growth by vertical shoots instead of horizontal stolons and
rhizomes distinguishes tall fescue from most common U.S. lawn grasses.
Some early tall fescue types could take on a clumpy, uneven look as lawns
matured. Turf-type tall fescue varieties in
The Rebels® Brand seed blends and mixes — developed through years of research and innovation — produce a thick,
Bunch-forming growth has some additional advantages. These grasses rarely have
problems with thatch, so you skip the maintenance, pests and disease problems
that heavy thatch-producing grasses can bring. Boundaries and bed lines are
also much easier to maintain with bunch-forming lawn grasses. Your landscape
looks cleaner and more finished with less edging work.
Tall fescues naturally have deep, extensive root zones that typically reach 2
to 3 feet deep.1 Deeper than any other common cool-season U.S. lawn grass,
this naturally extensive root system provides access to water and other
resources beyond the reach of grasses with limited root depth and density.
This translates to increased tolerance for heat, drought and even poor
The Rebels® Brand Extended Root Seed Varieties grow up to 40 percent more roots at deeper depths than ordinary grass
seed. These improved turf-type tall fescue varieties optimize your lawn's
drought resistance, reduce supplemental irrigation needs and improve nutrient
uptake, leaving your lawn less susceptible to environmental conditions that
stress and weaken other grass types.
Many widely used lawn grasses, including Kentucky bluegrass and Bermudagrass,
struggle without adequate sun. When your lawn is an integral part of a
landscape that includes ornamental shrubs and shade trees, grasses with high
sun requirements work against curb appeal. High-performance TT tall fescues
are among the most shade tolerant of all cool-season grasses, yet they thrive
in sunny conditions, too.
The Rebels® Brand Shade Mix for tall fescue lawns and
The Rebels® Brand Southern Classic Shade Mix solve the problem of lawn areas with receive limited sun. This premium
mix combines a blend of adaptable, shade-tolerant TT tall fescue varieties
with fine fescue, the only cool-season lawn grass with better shade tolerance.
Even in areas receiving less than four hours of direct sun per day, these seed
mixes produce attractive, dense, dark green, finely textured lawns. Shaded
areas blend visually with the rest of your tall fescue lawn and deliver all
the drought, disease and traffic tolerance you expect from The Rebels®
Turf-type tall fescues are often mixed with fine fescues for a finely
textured, shade-tolerant lawn.
Turf-Type Tall Fescue Lawn Care
Get the most from your tall fescue lawn in performance and beauty, with proper
care and maintenance. By following best practices for tall fescue, you keep
your lawn at its peak.
Major Lawn Tasks - For cool-season grasses such as tall and fine
fescues, plan major lawn tasks for their optimal growth periods in fall and
spring. For TT tall fescue, late summer to early fall is the best time to
plant seed or do other major projects such as overseeding or aerating. The
cool air temperatures combined with warm soil temperatures enhance seed
germination, speed establishment and aid quick recovery. Spring is the second
best time for these major tasks on your tall fescue lawn. Time tall fescue
lawn projects properly, follow best practices for planting seed, and the
natural growth cycle works to your advantage.
Irrigation - Proper watering is critical to maintaining a healthy,
vibrant fescue lawn. Frequent, shallow watering encourages roots to stay close
to surface moisture, where they're more vulnerable to heat and drought.
Deeper, less frequent watering encourages deeper root growth and strengthens
your lawn's resilience to stress. During normal growing conditions, provide 1
inch of water per week. In intense transition zone summers, you may need
double that amount. Always adjust your watering regimen based on your local
weather, from heavy rainfall to extended drought. Adjustments help ensure your
fescue lawn retains healthy color and growth.
Fertilization - The dense, deep root growth of The Rebels® Brand tall
fescue varieties improves your lawn's ability to take up naturally available
soil nutrients and those you add through fertilizers. Grass uses fertilizer
more efficiently, and you get more value from fertilizer input. Tall fescue
adapts well to various soil types and growing conditions, and typically
requires less fertilizer than other cool-season grasses in similar soils. Test
your soil, maintain soil pH roughly between 5.5 and 7.5, and follow soil test
recommendations for fertilization. You'll maximize nutrient availability and
efficiency for your tall fescue lawn.
Mowing - Improved TT tall fescue varieties in The Rebels® Brand produce
a darker, greener, denser lawn than older tall fescue types, such as Kentucky
31. Their lower, more uniform growth simplifies mowing as well. Ideal mowing
height for turf-type tall fescues is between 3 and 4 inches. Taller heights
during times of heat and drought encourage deeper root growth, help shade
soil, reduce weed competition and help grass withstand stress. Maintain grass
height so you never remove more than one-third of the blade length in a single
mowing. This helps keep your tall fescue lawn at optimal strength and health.
With improved turf-type tall fescue grasses, you can enjoy a thick, beautiful,
durable lawn that withstands the most challenging conditions. But your lawn is
only as good as the seed you grow.
The Rebels® Brand is dedicated
to providing you with the best in tall fescue seed and growing advice, so that
you can grow the best tall fescue lawn possible.
The Rebels is a trademark of Pennington Seed, Inc.
1. Cook, T., “Tall Fescue," Oregon State University Department of Horticulture.