Strictly speaking, tall fescue is a bunch-type grass, but will spread slowly to form a dense sod. Tall fescue is a deep-rooted, cool-season, perennial grass which works well for gully-healing and erosion control.
Tall fescue prefers the cool temperatures of spring and fall, and grows poorly in mid-summer, which gives rise to the term “summer slump.” It tolerates excessive moisture and drought as well as acidic (pH 5.4 – 6.2), low fertility soils. It does best on heavier soils, and is able to survive on fragipans.
Fescue begins spring growth when average daily temperatures remain above 40 F for several days.