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Turf-Type Fescue Grass Seed

out of 5
(8 customer reviews)
  1. Lawn

McKays Turf Type Tall Fescue is the standard Fescue variety that has been used in Australian backyards for decades. An economical option, it establishes easily from seed and germinates more quickly than many other cool season grasses.

McKay’s Turf Type Tall Fescue blend is a non-running, cool season grass. It has a bunch type growing habit and a finer blade than traditional Fescues, however it is not as fine as RTF Tall Fescue.

Turf Type Tall Fescue is a cool-season grass that grows most vigorously during the active growth phases in Spring and Autumn. It is suited to Temperate areas with mild to warm summers and colder winters. 

Turf Type Tall Fescue is very frost, shade and traffic tolerant, and can be used for both residential and pasture applications. It can be used as a companion seed to Kentucky Bluegrass to provide a dense dark green lawn for areas such as Victoria and Tasmania (Parks Blend).

Turf Type Tall Fescue is more drought resistant than many other cool season lawn grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass or Perennial Ryegrass because roots penetrate deeper into the soil. For optimal root development we recommend that this grass is sown in Autumn.

For those in the market for a genuine cool season all-rounder, look no further – you can’t get much more utilitarian than Fescue.


Seeding rates:

  • New Lawns: 30 grams per square meter (3 kg/100m2).
  • Overseeding: 15 grams per square meter (3kg/200m2).


Please note: There are currently quarantine restrictions for seeds being sent to TAS and WA.

Tasmanian customers: When placing an online order, please document ‘ATT: TAS Biosecurity’ in the ‘Company’ section above the address line to enable faster processing of your seed through quarantine.

WA customers: Quarantine fees apply for seed inspection. Please contact McKays Seeds through the Contact Us link or via phone to discuss your options.

For more information see below for Description and Features to see if this grass suits you!

FROM $ 26.40

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Fescue is a traditionally coarse and long growing grass. Its flexibility isn’t just contained to the conditions it can survive; it can also be cut low and be kept as a lawn, or it can be allowed to grow free and be grazed on by livestock. 

Optimal pH: Tall Fescue grows best in soils with a pH of 5.5-7.5.

Sowing Tips: Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area. Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period of both seeds and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall. Adequate water supplies need to be maintained until the grass is fully established. Turf TypeTall Fescue benefits from periodic overseeding to keep the density and to avoid a clumpy appearance.

Optimal Planting Time: Seeding in December and early spring is generally not recommended because the plant does not have time to develop the deep root system needed to survive the hot summer. An Autumn sow is optimal for root development.

Germination: 14 – 21 days, climate and condition dependent.

Water: Keep moist until the roots are well established. Once the grass is mature it’s roots can dig as deep as 2m/6 feet, tapping into water underneath the ground not normally available to other varieties and species. In cooler climates it does not usually require irrigation.

Please Note: This grass will need significant watering during Summer and on unseasonally hot days. It can burn and die off during very hot temperatures when not watered adequately.

Fertilising: This seed contains 10% McKays Slow Release Fertliliser to assist with germination. Fescues are not really bothered by poor soil. Like any grass, if you give it ideal conditions and a fertilised, nitrogen rich soil with a neutral pH it will obviously look its best, but it isn’t a required aspect of your lawn maintenance routine. Light fertilising 1-2 times per year during active growth phase can assist in improving the health of your lawn.

First Mowing: When grass is approximately 7cm tall. This should indicate that the roots are established enough to withstand the mowing process.

Mowing Frequency: Tall Fescues must remain dense to keep blades thin. Proper mowing and fertilizing practices are key to assisting in this process. Cut it relatively high (between 7cm and 10cm), as mowing any lower can expose the sod, drying it out and making the lawn prickly. This may also result in bare patches forming in your lawn. If using Turf Type Tall Fescue in shaded areas a longer green leaf blade is necessary for the lawn to power more photosynthesis under diminished light levels.

Disadvantages of Turf Type Tall Fescue:

  • Overseeding every other year may be necessary to maintain the density.
  • Does not have the ability to repair itself in the same way as RTF Tall Fescue
  • Slightly more susceptible to disease than RTF Tall Fescue
  • Not as soft as other cool climate grass types, can be prickly if mown too low
  • Increased water requirements in Summer than warm season grasses

Seed & package details: 90% Tall Fescue, 10% Slow Release Fertiliser (by weight).

Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.

Ideal Usage: Residential Lawns, Commercial Landscapes, Parks, Playgrounds & Pastures.

Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Areas 4, 6, 7, 8, 9


Shade Tolerance: Excellent

Daily Sunlight Required: 4+ hours

Drought Tolerance:  Good

Frost Resistance: Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent


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  • Warm
  • Cool

Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.

Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

Free Shipping On All Orders Over $50

We provide free shipping to Australia for all orders where the total cart value exceeds $50.00 AUD

Standard Delivery

Australia Wide

$9 - Orders are dispatched within 24 hours via regular Australia post(3-5 Business days)

Express Post Transport Within Australia

Have your order sent via AusPost EXPRESS POST for a flat rate of $15

WA Customers

Due to quarantine restrictions, a $75 fee may apply on any seed products shipped to WA that would need to be cleared by customs. For any WA orders, contact us directly to enquire and place an oder

Pick-up Not Available

Unfortunately, we do not offer local pick-up

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  • McKays Review
    3 out of 5

    BARE PATCHES I love the grass. With initial planting we had a storm which washed the seed into clumps which left bare patches. I bought more seed , carefully sowed it in these areas, kept it moist in the heat, but still it left bare areas, so have used more seed to hopefully give a good cover, however have had to order more seed as didn't have enough. Will have used 5 kg for 40 sq. m.


  • McKays Review
    4 out of 5

    GOOD RESULTS IN LESS THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS December 22 is probably not the best time to sow grass seed in Coastal Victoria but we did not have much choice having just moved into a new home. We chose a blend of rye and fescue seed which we watered religiosly for a week or so before we saw the first tinges of green and then kept going. There were some nervous times during what was a very hot and dry January but I have to say that the survival rate has been pretty impressive and we are now starting to see some thickness and height coming on. Very happy thank you McKays!


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    GREAT SERVICE Great, service and delivery times. Highly recommend McKays!


  • McKays Review
    4 out of 5

    GRASS SEEDS FOR SHADY AREA I was very impressed with the way my order was handled and the speed with which it arrived. However, as the grass has not germinated yet I cannot comment on the quality of the product. I suspect it will be excellent, in keeping with the customer service I received.


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    WORKS GREAT IN SHADY LOCATIONS I bought tall fescue seed blend to cover shady areas where any kind of buffalo won't grow. This blend was very fast to sprout and is covering the shady areas very well.