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how sensitive is tall fescue grasses?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by heyakoni, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. heyakoni

    heyakoni LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    why does fescue grasses dry out and die if its not put into the ground immediatly. does it tolerance have anything to do with that issue?
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,792

    What species are you referring to?
  3. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    I dont understand the put into ground statement, are you talking about fescue sod? Are you planting from seed? Clarify you question and we can try to help.
  4. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    I agree with everyone else.... your wording of your question makes no sense. Can you try to explain yourself again? Are you refering to the actual seeding process or sod?
  5. heyakoni

    heyakoni LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I was told by many sod farms in my region that they will not carry aany fescue type of sod because its not as tolerant as the other grasses in there stock. In other words, because its cut the first week in april...it need to be put on the ground fast or theres a strong chance of it dring out and could die beforee its sold. My question is how could it die so soon on a pallete compared to any other grass on a pallete? sorry
  6. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    you basically have 48 hours to put out the sod once it is cut, regardless of the turf type. Fescue is not very tolerant of hot weather, as opposed to bermuda and zoysia. If you go with fescue, you will need to make sure you water it really good and regularly through the summer.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you guys even get any type of fescue sod down there? All we have is KBG up here.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,792

    If all you have is KBG then you have tall fescue aswell, Their is no such thing as a exclusive 100% KBG sod you would not want that anyway all northern grass sod farms mix tall fescue or a hybrid of a fescue with KBG
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,792

    Who told you this? for your area tall fescue hybrids and mixes are extremely popular.
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    This is an interesting site about different grasses, growth habits, and a big Tolerance Chart. I like most sites that include an Identification Key.


    My guess about sodding a pure fescue stand - is that - it would not hold together well in the roots.
    I have a lawn that is pure fescue for several years now. It grows well and is healthy, but I don't think it is ready for sod yet.

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