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Best Tall Fescue Grass Seed

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When purchasing grass seed, remember that “you get what you pay for.” The experts at Jonathan Green can help you find the best tall fescue grass seed and provide reliable lawn and garden advice.

Jonathan Green has worked for more than 100 years to bring beautiful dark-green lawns to our clients using only the highest quality materials. Since 1881, we have experimented with turfgrass varietals to breed our genetically superior grass seed. We are dedicated to providing you with the absolute best products, so all of them are rigorously tested to ensure that they perform to the highest standards.

Cool Season Lawn Grasses

The turfgrass industry has been developing genetically superior varieties of cool-season lawn grasses for many years, and the advances in grass genetics are creating stronger plants that will better tolerate wear and environmental stresses.  The top three types of cool-season grasses are tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass.

Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is a cool-season grass that has been the preferred grass seed in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states for nearly 30 years and more recently in the Midwest and far-western states like California for the last 10 years. It is adaptable to a wide range of climates, is disease resistant. and tolerates cold, heat, drought, and shade very well thanks to its deep root system.

For the best tall fescue grass seed, choose the Jonathan Green Black Beauty® Original Grass Seed, which contains our elite turf-type tall fescues that are naturally darker green in color, uniform in leaf texture, will not shred when mowed, and will thrive even under adverse growing conditions. This blend grows well in clay or sandy soils and in full sun or partial shade.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky bluegrass is a popular cool-season grass in the northern United States. It is sometimes referred to as the “king of lawn grasses” thanks to its dark-green color, medium-fine texture, and excellent drought and diseases resistance. Kentucky bluegrass spreads aggressively and recovers easily because it grows by rhizomes. It grows in light shade as well as full sun and the perfect seen to use to fill in bare spots in your lawn.

We highly recommend our exclusive, genetically superior Blue Panther® Kentucky Bluegrass Grass Seed that will help you establish a sod-quality Kentucky Bluegrass lawn from seed.  Use this seed mixture to overseed a thinning lawn that was previously planted with Kentucky bluegrass sod. Blue Panther® contains the very best Kentucky bluegrasses that are currently grown by leading sod growers and on golf courses across America. 

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is a non-spreading cool-season grass that germinates and establishes quickly and is ideal for high-traffic areas of the yard. It can clump and cause a somewhat uneven turf surface if planted alone in a lawn, however, so you will typically find it in mixtures that contain other cool-season grasses, such as fine-leafed tall fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass, that produce a smoother, more uniform-looking lawn.

Jonathan Green’s Touch-Up™ TRI-RYE Perennial Ryegrass is a blend of three top-performing, turf-type perennial ryegrasses, including Frontier Perennial Ryegrass, a very dark-green cultivar. The grasses also contain endophytes for natural insect resistance. Touch-Up™ can be used to repair bare spots or to overseed your entire lawn with this “golf course quality” seed.

Learn more about the best tall fescue grass seed and other popular cool-season grass seed varieties by visiting Jonathan Green online or contacting your nearest independent home and garden store for valuable lawn care advice.

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