Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is a cool season turf grass that is tolerant of a wide range of weather conditions. It's very resilient, making it a great choice for our changeable New Zealand climate.

About Tall Fescue Varieties

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is very shade tolerant but is also happy in full sun. In fact, Tall Fescue has the best drought tolerance of all cool season lawn types. 

It has the widest leaf blade of the cool season varieties at 5-8mm. It's extremely frost tolerant and can grow in a range of pH’s, from 5-7.5 but grows best at 5.5-6.5.

It's tolerant to long and intense rain periods. Its method of spread is both by seed and rhizomes. The width of spread via rhizomes differs between cultivars, but it's not as aggressive as other spreading (stoloniferous) grasses. For that reason, if you have bare patches it's best to reseed as opposed to allowing tall fescue to fill in by itself.

It prefers mowing above 15mm. 

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