Tall Fescue is a beneficial cool-season forage grass for pasture widely used for hay, turf, and erosion control. It is adaptable to many soil and moisture types but does best on medium to clay texture soil with adequate moisture. It is comparatively deep rooted. It grazes closely and is long-lived. This grass is a good producer with fair palatability, and is good for fall and winter pasture. Great Basin Seed sells endophyte free varieties.
Tall Fescue will grow fairly well on soils low in fertility, but it is better adapted to fertile conditions. It will produce top growth when soils are as cold as 40 F, and it continues growth into late fall in the south.
Tall fescue is easy to establish due to its rapid germination and good seedling vigor. It may be planted by any common method such as grass seeders, hydroseeding, and broadcasting. The areas of tall fescue adaptation include all areas east of the Great Plains, except southern and central Florida. Other areas of adaptation include the Pacific and Intermountain Northwest and extreme southern Alaska.