What is this stuff? Is it going to take over everything, or just all
the flower beds? Does it grow fast, slow, or average? Will it only
crowd out weeds in the lawn or will it take over other small plants like
wildflowers? I have a difficult lawn with greatly varying conditions
from nice rich soil next to the woods, and other patches of heavy clay.
I googled it before posting and again today. I saw 1 short thread from
this group, but most everything else was just selling the stuff, or had
something to do with Star Wars! Not much info.
I'll add that I am in Eastern TN, about 1650' elevation sloped and
facing almost directly south. (English mountain) I'm zone 6B most
places, but I just noticed I'm zoned 7 according to the arborday.org
I've been overseeding and patching with Tall Fescue for about 5 years.
It seems to work very well. I don't have a problem with it invading
the flower gardens. Also, it has remained green during the hot summers
here in New England.
I have to disagree on that one. The reference of the question is the
new types of tall fescue that do have the capability to spread by
rhizome. So, of course they are capable of expanding into flower beds,
etc, because that is precisely what they were developed to do. The
advantage is that now you have a TF that will fill in bar spots, as
opposed to remaining a clump grass.
So, if the OP is concerned about grass spreading and likes tall fescue,
he should just use one of the other turf types tall fescues, which
won;t spread, and that;s like 98% of them.
Of course, a better question is what exactly is the OP trying to do?
Is it full sun, shade, overseed, new lawn etc.
I live in your area and have tried Rebel III and Southern Gold, both of
which are cultivated for the hotter drier summer we have which tend to
stress the heck tall fescues come late July and most of August. Of the
two, I have had better luck with Southern Gold. It seems to survive
drought and heat much better than Rebel III. I understand that there is
a Rebel IV out now. I haven't tried that one yet so I can't speak to
its virtues. You can find Southern Gold at your local Lowes. Neither
of these grasses will spread. They only spread by overseeding.
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