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Sprawling Clumps of Thick Grass in the Yard - What is It?

Tall-type-fescue-turf-grass-identification.jpgHave you noticed big clumps of grass with thick blades that seem not to match the rest of your grass? Especially a few days after you've mowed, these clumps can seem like they've appeared out of no where. If so, you probably have some Tall Fescue mixed in with your other turf grasses. It grows just a little bit faster and gets just a little bit greener than other turf grasses. Tall Fescue turf grass has been used across America for many years, and is a favorite for planting along roadsides, where it will require little maintenance and is drought-tolerant. 

Even though it is drought-tolerant and low maintenance, this grass variety has a very course leaf, an ugly clumping growth habit, and won’t create the lawn that you desire. If you find it mixed into your lawn, there are a few things you can do to discourage its growth, but because it has an extensive root system, it can be difficult to eradicate. If you only have a few clumps here and there, you may spot treat it with a product like Roundup. But you'll have to be careful because Roundup is a non-selective herbicide, and will kill any plant it touches, not only the Tall Fescue you're trying to get rid of. You may choose to dig out the Tall Fescue, rather than risk killing the more desirable turf grass. But be prepared for a workout, because with its deep and expansive root system, you will be digging quite a bit. 

For lawns that have a lot of Tall Fescue, you might want to think about a complete renovation this fall!  Weed Pro can help you determine if this is the proper course of action to take. Click below to contact one of our expert Customer Service Specialists.

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