Dwarf Fescue versus Tall Fescue

Fescue Sod or Fescue Grass

A large portion of the west coast in America is best suited for fescue sod or fescue grass. Fescue grasses are a bunching type grass that work well in hot climates due to the deep rooting system and thicker than normal blades. Fescue sod or fescue grass stays green all year and does not go dormant, suiting many of the seasonal cold areas that may have freezing or snowing. Northern America and Central America primarily try to stick to fescue sod mixtures in areas where snow or freezing may occur that usually include a bluegrass or perennial ryegrass to aid in repair and to increase disease resistance.

Here we will go a little over Fescue sod or fescue grass and give you advice on how to pick the best type of sod or grass seed to suit your needs. We will give brief descriptions and add a link to our sod product for each with more literature, reviews, and ratings. We will also include a video to help you determine which fescue works best for your needs.

Dwarf Fescue Sod and Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed Information

Dwarf fescue grass also sold as dwarf fescue sod and dwarf fescue grass seed is a hybrid tall fescue with a dwarf growing pattern. Dwarf in the name dwarf fescue is referring to the speed at which the plant grows. If a sod name has dwarf fescue grass or dwarf fescue sod in the title the seed can actually be a hybrid tall fescue. This is important when seeding or overseeding damages grass areas is involved, you will know if you have used the wrong seed as soon as it germinates. If you have done this in error, used the incorrect seed and are looking for a way to fix this please stay tuned at the end of this page we will be giving our tips on this very issue. 

Dwarf Fescue Sod Mixtures 

Dwarf fescue sod and dwarf fescue seed options we provide in California.

Bolero Plus Sod

San Francisco loves Bolero Plus sod and uses this in public works including in front of the full house home! We also sell Bolero Plus Seed!


Enduro Sod

Enduro dwarf tall fescue is a hearty durable fescue that works perfectly in high traffic areas like parks and homes.


Bolero Sod

Rare to find we provide 100 percent dwarf fescue. A great uniform look and color for durability and slow growth with no random seeding like bluegrass and rye.


Bonsai Sod

Dwarf and double dwarf Fescue mixtures that provide southern California with a active area that stays green in winter.



Tall Fescue Sod and Tall Fescue Grass Seed Information

Tall Fescue sod and tall fescue grass seed have constantly been redeveloped producing much more durable and disease resistant tall fescue sods we provide today. Over the years more farms have gone from dwarf fescue grasses to hybrid tall fescue grasses when creating sod. Sod farms take water conservation seriously and like any other form of agriculture, our goal is to produce the best quality sod product to suit our customers needs. 

Below we have a list of our Tall fescue sod blends. You may notice that many of these will be mixed with either a bluegrass, ryegrass, or a fine fescue this is to help raise factors like disease resistance and recovery. For example Kentucky bluegrass seed mixed into tall fescue seed will generally produce a very drought tolerant healthy lawn that will maintain thickness with proper lighting and maintenance for the fact that bluegrass can fill in damaged areas. For areas with heavier shade or in cooler climates ryegrass works well in for the reason that its a winter grass or cool season grass like bluegrass. Ryegrass has a deeper green than bluegrass and works well in shadier areas or colder environments.

West Coaster Tall fescue Sod

West Coaster is available throughout California and is our most popular fescue blend for Southern California. The most popular fescue for Los Angeles out of all of our fescue selection.


Tall 9010 Fescue Sod

Hybrid Tall Fescue and bluegrass mix that continues to be Our best selling sod and grass seed. Highest ranked for medium active areas in direct sun.



Elite Pus Sod

With the name comes the quality. Elite plus has been a favorite blend for many people in Central California. Elite Plus is also available in Texas and Nevada due to popular demand.


Delta Series Tall 9010

Delta series Tall 9010 is our most nutrient rich soil base. Pete soil base dark and rich with nutrients while absorbing and retaining much more water than a sandy loam base. The Delta Series Tall fescue 9010 sod is a landscapers best friend, drought tolerant and durable with steady fast repairs.


Dwarf Fescue and Tall Fescue Video



Fescue For Shade

Sod areas where shade is not just seasonall in the colder times but still recieves about 60% sun through the day usually requires soemthing a bit more shade tolerant.

Fine Fescue grass like mow free sod or no mow sod are also called red fescue or creeping fescue. This type of fescue grows very fine even thinnger than bluegrass but has a more rigid form working perfectly with our tall fescue or all by itself. Our second best seller in many areas is our shade blend sod and shade blend grass seed for the fact that we at times just can get direct sun more of the day in our lawn areas.

Shade Blend Sod

Shade blend sod and shade blend grass seed are a mixture of tall fescue and fine fescue to bump up the shade tolerance for active areas.


No Mow Sod and No Mow Grass Seed

No Mow sod is considered the highest shade tolerant sod or grass seed. No mow can be grown to over a foot or mowed at regular height. Be sure to research trimming and never cut more than 1/3rd of a leaf blade at once. This grass looks gorgeous in the wind and is also referred to many customers as wavy grass and fairy grass.


Fescue Grass Tips and Tricks

As stated above we will be discussing how to repair a incorrect seeding along with some other tricks dealing with fescue. Fescue sod while being a easy to maintain low maintenance grass does have some common things that can go wrong first being the most obvious underwatering. Fescue sod or fescue grass on average needs about 1 inch of water a week and too often we find homeowners that pick a time they feel works and amount they think will be enough without ever doing the math. Knowing now that fescue grasses need 1" of water a week we next need to find out the amount of water we are putting down. If you do not wish to use purchase a pressure gauge to find out psi and gpm an easy way to know is by running your system with a cup to measure making sure the system is getting even watering throughout the area. If you run the system for an hour and the mark is 1" you know yo can ratio the watering based on a ratio. so for 1" you would need 1 hour of watering a week, now break that down into every other day cycles.  An hour divided four ways would be cycles of 15 minutes. So i would water my lawn for 15 minutes every other day to get 1" of water a week. if the amount of water collected changed do the math to figure out the amount of time needed like above.

New Fescue Sod or Fescue Grass Seed

Keep your fescue sod moist for 2-3 weeks after installation. Do not skimp on water at this time as it will impact root development and if underwatered can stunt your root growth making the sod or grass need much more water down the road after rooting has established. New sod wants to be moist but also wants to breathe. This middle ground can be found in terms of feeling your sod by comparing it to a squeezed sponge. The sod should feel like a sponge in the sense that its moist so the roots do not dry out but air is allowed to help the plant complete photosynthesis. The same applies to grass seed we want enough moisture to keep the roots wet but also able to breathe, seeds can easily dry out making it hard to break through the rough exterior with the limited energy. Grass seed should be watered much longer until established and usually another overseeding is required for fullness which can go on for months to establish a sod quality lawn.