La Crosse, Wisconsin

Tall Fescue (Turf)

Tall Fescue Specifications
  • Seeding Rate: 8-10 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
  • Germination: 8-14 days
  • Growth habit: bunch type, tillers, some with Rhizomes
  • Approx. Seeds per lb: 225,000
  • Blade: 2-5 mm, broad, spear
  • Uses: (Turf Type) Lawns, Athletic Field Commercial, Slopes, Parks & Recreation, Reclamation. Ideal Sun or Shade.
  • Identification: Deep rooted, cool-season perennial bunch grass. Grows from tillers. Leaf blades are glossy on the underside and serrated on the margins. Leaf blades may be wide with a rolled vernation (stem), Blades smooth on turf-type, coarse on others.
  • Establishment: Somewhat slow but not as slow as bluegrass. Needs plentiful water to establish, then very drought tolerant.

 

Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed
Renegade Supreme Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Falcon III Turf Type Tall Fescue
  • Superior turf performance
  • Endophyte enhanced
  • Excellent wear tolerance
  • Easy establishment
Falcon IV Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Falcon Tall Fescue Seed
  • 92% endophyte enhanced which provides resistance to a number of leaf and crown feeding insects and nematodes
  • Improved heat & disease resistance
  • Provides dark green and fine textured wear tolerant turf
Falcon V Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Falcon V Tall Fescue Seed
  • Falcon V (tested as ATM in NTEP)
  • Top entry in 2006 NTEP test
  • Improved brown patch resistance
  • Dwarf growth habit
  • Fully endophyte enhanced
Finelawn Elite Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Finelawn Tall Fescue Seed
  • Unique short dwarf and dense growth trait
  • Fine textured with excellent wear tolerance
  • 70% endophyte enhanced for better resistance to insects and nematodes
  • Provides superior turf quality across a wide range of growing conditions
Scorpion 2 Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Scorpion 2 Tall Fescue Seed
  • Deep dark green, elegant turf quality
  • Double dwarf, short canopy height, reduced mowing
  • Fully endophyte enhanced
  • Brown patch resistance
Shenandoah III Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Shenandoah Fescue Seed
  • Elite quality turf type tall fescue
  • Easy establishment
  • Superior brown patch resistance
  • Less fertilizer inputs
Shenandoah Elite Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Shenandoah Elite Turf Type Tall Fescue Seed
  • Shenandoah Elite (tested as RK6 in NTEP)
  • Top entry in 2006 NTEP test
  • Multiple race resistance to brown patch
  • Endophyte enhanced
  • Short canopy height
Shenandoah Sport Turf Type Tall Fescue
Turf Type Tall Fescue Grass Seed, Turf Type Fescue Seed, Shenandoah Sport Turf Type Tall Fescue Seed
  • Shenandoah Sport (tested as ATF 1224 in CTBT)
  • Third generation turf type tall fescue
  • Improved drought tolerance
  • Endophyte enhanced
  • Dwarf growth habit
Tall Fescue Traits
COLOR
MOWING
TRAFFIC
TYPE
NITROGEN
SHADE
RHIZOMES
DROUGHT
ENDOPHYTE
Falcon III Turf Type Tall Fescue
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
80%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good

Yes

(7-13%)

Excellent
92%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Yes(7-13%)
Excellent
94%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Double-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
70%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Double-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
95%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
95%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
90%+
Very Dark Green
1 3/4-3″
Very Good
Semi-dwarf 4-6 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
No
Excellent
90%+
Standard Turf Type

Heirloom varieties of turf type tall fescue with improved turf quality.These varieties have greater basal tiller density, shorter plant height and darker green color than forage type tall fescues such as KY-31.These varieties would be labeled as “forage type” by lawn care professionals today.

Semi Dwarf Turf Type

Improved turf type tall fescues with significant improvement in turf quality, turf color and disease and insect resistance.Various levels of endophyte content Neotyphodium coenophialum which provides natural resistance to leaf, crown feeding insects and nematodes and contributes to improved abiotic and biotic stress tolerance.

Double Dwarf Turf Type

This group of turf type tall fescue varieties have distinctly shorter early spring and late fall canopy height. Double dwarfs have been improperly sold as “reduced clipping varieties.” University tests indicate that yearly grass clippings of double dwarf vs. semi dwarf tall fescue
are statistically the same under similar management programs. Only recently have breeders developed double dwarf tall fescues that exhibit moderate to good resistance to brown patch the most limiting factor to tall fescue persistence in the Mid South of USA.

Rhizomatous Type

Turf type tall fescue spreads by means of basal tillers not rhizomes as found in Kentucky bluegrass. Breeders have identified and developed varieties with frequency distribution of plants that produce underground stems similar to Kentucky bluegrass. Falcon IV, Six Point have been identified as having the presence of rhizomes.

Spreading Type -STF

STF (Spreading Tall Fescue) – New from ProSeeds in 2007. In contrast to rhizomatous varieties this material spreads by aggressive horizontal basal tillering. STF material has crown circumference 2-3 times greater than improved semi-dwarf tall fescue varieties.Tiller density, turf quality and color is better than most improved turf type tall fescues.

Forage Type European

This germplasm originates in more northern regions of the European continent. These European varieties have winter dormant growth habit and exhibit excellent summer stay-green for forage production systems in the Mid South of USA.

Forage Type Mediterranean

This germplasm originates in southern coastal regions of Europe along the Mediterranean  where winters are mild and dry. Mediterranean varieties have a distinct flush of winter growth, respond positively to short day length and mild spring temperatures.This material has very poor summer stay-green potential in the Mid South USA.