Fescue KY 31 Tall #11585

Fescue KY 31 Tall #11585

Kentucky 31 is currently primarily used for lawn and turf grass. It does have a more coarse appearance than other improved varieties. Kentucky 31 tall fescue has been used extensively for many years as a livestock pasture grass. However, animal nutritionists do not widely recommend Kentucky 31 for livestock pastures due to the presence of endophytes. Endophytes are a naturally occurring fungus in fescue grass species that protect the grass from insects and disease. Endophytes can cause health issues in cattle and horses that graze on poorly managed fescue pastures. Fescue plants that are allowed to reach seed stage and harden off are more toxic. 

Planting Date: Spring - March to May / Fall - August to November

Planting Rate Lawns 5 to 8 lbs per 1000 sq/ft for small area.

Broadcast Rate Overseed: 20 to 30 lbs acre.

Coverage Depth: 1/8" to 1/2" maximum

Days to maturity: Turf should be allowed to establish well before mowing. Keep mower height set at 3 to 4 inches. Since Fescue is planted in the fall, it does not reach hay maturity stage until the following May or June.