Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture
University of California
Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture

Tall Fescue

Laying tall fescue sod
Laying tall fescue sod

These 3 plots consist of a blend of 2 varieties:

  • 90% dwarf tall fescue, Festuca arundinacea, (fes-TOO-kuh a-run-din-uh-SEE-uh)
  • 10% Kentucky bluegrass, Poa pratensis, (POH-ah pray-TEN-sis)

Bruce Kennedy and Pat Schink are laying the sod in September 2010.

Tall fescue after first mowing.
Tall fescue after first mowing.

 

 

 

 

The sod resulted in very little weed growth - only a few vetch and wild oats grew. It has a consistent, dark green color. It has required frequent mowing and will likely do poorly at the lowest irrigation level. It's very nice looking, but is it worth the use of huge amounts of water and the air pollution and fuel use from all the mowing?

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