Tall fescue is one of the most drought, heat and wear tolerant species. Due to its large and deep root system, it is able to take up water in dry periods when other grasses have stopped their growth.
This means that tall fescue stays green in dry summer periods and tolerates high temperatures. The leaf texture is rather coarse compared to other turf grasses, but new varieties have been much improved with narrow leaves.
The leaf colour is normally dark green. Winter hardiness depends on the variety as the range goes from Mediterranean types with less winter hardiness to more continental types with good winter hardiness.
In general, the disease tolerance is very high. Establishment is not as quick as for perennial ryegrass and a high seeding rate is recommended.