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Regional Grass Types: Tall Fescue and Rye

These types of grasses are considered cool-season turf grasses, and tend to be very healthy in this region.

Tall Fescue

Tall fescue (festuca arundinacea) grass does fairly well in the full sun or shade and is also resistant to drought. Tall fescue does well in heavily trafficked areas, making it a great grass to use for your lawn. It should reach a height of 2 to 3.5 inches. One downside to tall fescue is that the germination time – the time it takes to sprout and grow – can be slow going compared to other similar grass types. Tall fescue is considered a low maintenance grass type, so if you are looking for something that requires little effort and attention, this may be the type for you.


Ryegrass, also known as perennial ryegrass (lolium perenne) has a quick germination time (usually within 5 to 7 days) and it does well in full sun and okay in the shade. Ryegrass needs to be watered regularly, but is fairly resistant to drought as long as it is not for an unusually extended period of time. Like tall fescue, ryegrass also does well in highly trafficked areas. It should reach a height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Ryegrass is often used as an overseed if you need to fill in sparse or bare areas in your yard.

Both species of grass are durable and are often used for home lawns and parks – places that get heavily trafficked. However, both species of grass have weaknesses too and can be susceptible to diseases such as:

It is important to choose the right grass for your environment, if you want it to remain long lasting and green for years to come. Green Lawn Fertilizing can help you to determine which species of grass will work best for your location. We are a professional company with many years of experience. Give us a call today at 855-469-0692 and we can evaluate your land and the surrounding area to figure out how to create a lush, beautiful, and healthy lawn to compliment your home.

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