Learning About Tall Fescue
In Florida, like most people there, we had St. Augustine grass. You didn’t really have to do anything to it other than mow it and water it regularly. When we moved here, I was excited about having a different type of grass, mostly because walking barefoot on it was pleasant, as opposed to the rough blades of St. Augustine.
My yard has Tall Fescue grass, as does my neighbor’s. Most of the houses on our street have Zoysia, Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass. All of these are heat tolerant grasses, unlike mine, which is cold tolerant. This means I get frustrated in late July and August as my grass goes dormant and turns brown, but it also means I have green grass ten months out of the year, whereas the others are only green from March to October or so.
All this said, I have no idea what I’m doing here. I bug my neighbor occasionally because he’s the only house in close proximity who has the same grass, but I also spend a lot of time doing research.
One of the best resources I’ve found is the Turfiles program at North Carolina State: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu
Al though we’ve had an unusual amount of drought here in central NC, the rain from Hurricane Irma gave our yard a well-needed boost and kept it from going dormant, as seen in the photo above. Now I just need to figure out aerating, seeding, fertilizing and lime treatments, none of which I’ve ever had to do.