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Stargrazer XL Tall Fescue

Endophyte-free, excellent flexibility and palatability. Suitable for pature or hay.

Stargrazer XL is a blend of improved endophyte-free tall fescue varieties that is medium in maturity with better drought tolerance than other cool-season grasses. This blend is well-suited for hay or grazing in a wide range of soils and climates.



Establishment: Medium
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Winter Hardiness: Medium
Palatability: Medium
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High



Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 25-30
Mixes (lbs./acre): 5-15
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (in.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 14-21
Life Cycle: Perennial

Tall fescue is adapted to cool and humid climates and most soils with a pH of 5.5-7.0. Tall fescue will grow fairly well on soils low in fertility, but it is better adapted to fertile conditions. Tall fescue will produce top growth when soils are as cold as 40°F, and it continues growth into late fall in the south.

Tall fescue is easy to establish due to its rapid germination and good seedling vigor. It may be planted by any common method such as grass seeders, hydroseeding, and broadcasting. For forage or pastures, seeding rates are 15-20 lbs./acre if drilled and 20-25 lbs/acre if broadcast. The seeding depth is 1/2 in. Turf seeding rates are 7-8 lbs./1000 sq. ft. for new lawns, and 4-5 lbs./1000 sq. ft. for established lawns.



Rotational Grazing:
Begin (in.): 4-8
Stop (in.): 3-6
Avg. Days Rest: 25-35

Hay or Haylage Harvest:
Cut boot to early head for first cut, then every 4-6 weeks thereafter

While tall fescue is tolerant of abuse and low fertility, it does respond to fertilizer inputs. Follow the soil test recommendations for turf and forage uses. Endophyte-infected tall fescue will tolerate grazing abuse better than most cool season grasses. If the tall fescue is an endophyte-free variety, it should not be grazed closer than 3 in., and will not tolerate overgrazing. Tall fescue can be grown with white clover, red clover and alfalfa. First cutting for hay should be at the late boot stage with further cuttings as regrowth allows. Tall fescue is one of the best grasses for stockpiling in the fall. When used for turf, mowing height should be 2-3 in. Mow frequently enough so no more than 1/3 of the total leaf surface area is removed. Fertility requirements are low-medium. Disease control measures may be needed depending on conditions during the growing season.



Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced

Drought Tolerance
Winter Hardiness
Yield Potential
Grazing Tolerance
  • Well adapted for the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic & Northeast
  • Suitable for both pastures or hay production
  • Slightly earlier maturing than KY31
  • Good yielder with excellent persistence