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Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue

Pennington Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue helped revolutionize the grass seed industry. This durable, heat-tolerant variety was an early leader in putting low-maintenance, disease-resistant lawns within the average homeowner's reach. Decades later, this economical, traditional tall fescue grass remains an industry standard for cool-season lawn grasses. With Pennington Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue, you get an economical, easy-to-establish grass that surpasses other traditional tall fescue types.

  • For use in full sun to medium-shaded areas
  • Durable, economical grass seed
  • Produces a lighter green, drought-resistant turf
  • Holds up well under foot traffic
  • Penkoted for seedling protection

Bare Spots/New Grass: Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer. Overseeding/Thin Areas: Same instructions as above but start by mowing existing grass as short as possible.

Spread the seed evenly using a drop, rotary or hand-held spreader according to the spreader settings. Lay down a starter fertilizer to help the seedlings grow healthy and strong. Rake gently to work your seed & fertilizer into the soil.

Keep the soil moist! Water daily (twice a day if you have to) until grass sprouts and reaches about 3" tall.

Additional Care Tips
Once your grass is 1/3 taller than the recommended mowing height you may being mowing it. Avoid removing more than 1/3 of the total grass blade length at any single mowing to keep your grass thick and healthy. Increase your mowing height in summer months to reduce grass stress.

Applying weed control products to grass prior to seedling can affect the seeds' ability to grow. Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer's recommendation and application instructions prior to applying any weed control products and prior to seeding. Additionally, do not apply any weed control products to newly seeded areas until grass is established and has been mowed at least 3 or 4 times. Once newly seeded areas are established, you can begin a regular feeding schedule.

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12
Seed Planting Zone

Daily Light Required: Full sun to partial shade (4-8 hrs. sun)

Sun Tolerance: Very good

Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Grass Color: Medium green

Grass Texture: Moderately coarse

Drought Tolerance: Moderate

Disease Resistance: Good

Traffic Tolerance: Moderate

Planting Zones: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,12

Recommended Planting Dates: Early spring & early fall

Planting Rates:

  • New Lawns: 1 2lbs/1,000 sq ft
  • Overseeding: 5lbs/1,000 sq ft

Planting Depth: 1/4"

Germination: 7-14 days

Mowing Height: 3"


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