Fescue sod is able to stay green all year long. It is a perennial cool season grass that is grown all over the country, even as far north as Canada. It is typically planted during two different periods, February through April and September through November. Fescue sod should be laid in the spring and fall. It is not recommended to lay it in the summer, because it does not thrive well in the heat.
Other cool season grasses can’t survive hot climates like Georgia. Fescue sod can survive the warm climate with the right amount of water and fertilizer, and it can withstand the clay soil of Georgia. Fescue is not invasive like Bermuda grass, and its rapid rate of germination is useful in helping with soil erosion. Like Bermuda and Zoysia grasses, certain varieties of Fescue are good for high traffic areas.
Like all sod, Fescue sod should be fertilized. Fall is the best season to fertilize your grass. You should not fertilize your grass in the summer, because of Fescue’s sensitivity to heat. You need to be careful when mowing Fescue. If you mow the grass too short you can kill the grass, and if you let it get too tall it can become weak (Tall Fescue is meant to be tall though). Heat and disease are the most common problems Fescue sod faces. It’s important to water your fescue frequently in the summer, even though Fescue is generally pretty drought resistant.
There are two main types of Fescue sod:
- Tall Fescue - Tall Fescue originates in Europe and came to the United States in the 1800’s. It grows in about 4/5 of the United States. Tall fescues provide good lawn maintenance and have coarser blades than Fine Fescue. Tall Fescue is fairly tolerant to different diseases. Older varieties of Tall Fescue are used in pastures. In 1931, Dr. E.N. Fergus discovered a type of Tall Fescue, Kentucky 31. This Tall Fescue was used during the Dust Bowl period to help with erosion.
- Fine Fescue - Fine Fescue is better than Tall Fescue at being resistant to cold and shade.
There are three main varieties of Fine Fescue:
- Chewing Fescue - Chewing fescue is typically found in the Northern United States. It is a more aggressive type of Fescue. It is the most shade tolerant of all the different varieties of Fescue.
- Creeping Red - Creeping Red is also found mostly in the Northern United States. It is very good for soil erosion, especially along the sides of highways or on other sloped areas of land.
- Hard Fescue - Hard Fescue is more drought tolerant than the other varieties. It is also the most disease resistant. It has low heat and traffic tolerance, but it is the most salt tolerant of all the different varieties.
Because it is a cool season grass, Fescue sod is shade tolerant, unlike some the other varieties of sod offered in Georgia. Unfortunately, this means that the grass is not very heat or sun tolerant. Fescue can also be used in hay and to feed horses.
Fescue grass is also used in conjunction with other grasses, including bluegrass and ryegrass.
It often has a bluish green tint to it, but the different varieties can vary in color. It is very attractive in both Tall and Fine Fescues. While not all varieties of Fescue sod are conducive to the Georgia climate, some of them can work well, especially in the Northern part of the state. We distribute Fescue sod all over the state of Georgia. We can also any questions you might have about the different types of Fescue available, as well as how they can benefit your lawn.
We supply sod throughout Georgia, including:
- Sandy Springs