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Originating in Europe, Tall fescue (Festuca anundinacea Schreb.) is a coarse-textured grass, which is characterized by a bunch-type growth habit. Tall fescue possesses a deeper, coarser and more extensive root system than the other cool- season species giving this grass excellent drought tolerance. It is propagated by seed, with an establishment rate that is more rapid than Kentucky bluegrass, but slower than perennial ryegrass. In conclusion, the improved tall fescue varieties performed surprisingly well at the Littlefield Garden at the University of Maine. Based upon this performance, this species should be given consideration as a cool-season turf species in those situations where its demonstrated attributes are consistent with the turf needs of that location and/or situation.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
tall fescue, turfgrass variety trials, Maine
Langille, A.R., and A. Pennucci. 2002. An evaluation of turfgrass species and varieties: Tall fescue