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FESTUCA 'Southern Gold Blend'

Image of Festuca 'Southern Gold Blend'

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

FESTUCA 'Southern Gold Blend'

Plant Common Name

Tall Fescue

General Description

Fescue ‘Southern Gold’ is a tall fescue turfgrass seed blend developed with varieties to impart heat, drought, insect and brown patch disease resistance for the warmer areas of the transition zone. The tall fescue species are native to Europe. Tall fescue is very popular turf due to good color in the spring and fall and easy of establishment from seed. Though it is a cool-season turf, it is best used in the warmer areas of transition zones and is commonly used to over-seed warm season grasses in this area. Tall Fescue is a bunch grass, perennial and deep-rooted. The bunching habit means tall fescue may need to be re-seeded every few years to maintain density.

Tall fescue is adapted to fine range of soil conditions; however it prefers well-drained, rich, organic soil with some clay. Sow tall fescue seeds in the fall for best performance. Mow it high, but not too high and irrigate thoroughly and deeply, and not again until the turf indicates it needs it. Fescue ‘Southern Gold’ like many transition zone seed blends will vary in content from year to year; however, it is mostly composed of the ‘Endeavor,’ ‘Tarheel’ and ‘Wolfpack’ varieties of tall fescue. For more information on the establishment and maintenance of tall fescue lawns, visit the Lean2Grow section on lawns at http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/lawns/planting/TipsForFineFallFescue.aspx .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2"-3" / 5.1cm - 7.6cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Lawns and Turf

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes