Killing Tall Fescue

Asked July 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

My lawn was overseeded in the fall of 2011. Now I have this grass that grows twice as fast taking over my yard. What to do?

Warren County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hello and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System.
At this time, there are no herbicides available for selectively killing tall fescue in turf lawns. That means that you can learn to live with the tall fescue, or kill all the grass and start over with good seed free of contaminants.
You can read about tall fescue in a publication on lawn weeds, “Lawn Care Pro Series: Perennial grassy weed control” from the University of Nebraska. You will find the publication at
http://turf.unl.edu/pdfcaextpub/Properennialgrassyweedcontrol2012b.pdf Tall fescue is listed under bunch-type grasses on page 1.