Helping you plan your home improvement project, from start to finish

Fescue Sod Cost Guide

Every homeowner loves the idea of rich and lush grass that covers their lawn and makes their neighbors stare at them with envy in their eyes. Though some people assume that the grass they have is the only option available to them, many people will find that they can add new grass that will grow and thrive for years with proper maintenance. Fescue sod is one of the options available to those homeowners. 

The history of the grass in the United States dates back to the 19th century when European immigrants brought the grass seeds with them. Through relatively easy to grow, homeowners should learn all of the facts before buying fescue sod.

Cost of Fescue Sod

  • Fescue sod costs: $.33 to $.66 per square foot
  • Labor costs: $10 to $40 based on 100 square feet of sod installed

Types of Fescue Sod

Fescue sod typically falls into several categories, including:

  • Tall grass
  • Creeping grass
  • Hard grass

Tall grass has a hardier texture and works well in areas with a lot of traffic. It can even withstand constant use on a playground or athletic field. It usually has thicker or coarser blades and does well in shadier areas. Tall grass also survives in cooler and warmer climates, making it a good choice for regions that experience a cold winter and a hot summer.

Creeping grass has a brighter green color than tall grass and has smaller and thinner blades. It doesn't require as much maintenance or care as other types of grass, and it doesn't need as much water either. Hard grass works best in areas with a lot of shade and a lack of rain. The closely-placed blades of grass give it the look of a carpet, and it is often dark green in color.

Sheep fescue grass is another option, but it typically works best for landscaping than lawn coverage. The grass grows in thick bunches that resemble sheep's fur, and it doesn't do well when placed in a larger area. Some homeowners might prefer the chewings option. This type of grass has fine blades and a darker color. It works best in areas with mild temperatures throughout the year and along the coast. 

Maintaining Fescue

Fescue sod requires regular maintenance, and homeowners will find that they need to cut the grass when it reaches a height above 3.5 inches. When the grass reaches a taller height, it can damage the root system. Homeowners must also fertilize the grass in the spring months to keep the grass lush and green. Applying the fertilizer too late or too early in the year can kill the grass or leave behind dark brown patches in the lawn. 

While watering is an important part of growing any type of grass, watering is even more important in regards to fescue sod. Overwatering is potentially dangerous because the grass develops a need for a higher amount of water. The grass will continue absorbing more water, and it will not grow without those higher amounts of water. Using too much water can kill or significantly impact the look of the grass.

Sod Costs

The exact cost of the sod depends on where the homeowners live. Most sellers keep the sod growing in a climate controlled greenhouse, which ensures that each blade is healthy and green. After a homeowner places an order, the company will cut pallets from the sod and delivery it to the home or arrange for pick up. A single pallet can cover up to 450 square feet of lawn. Pallets cost around $200 each, which equals out to less than $.50 per square foot, and some sellers offer discounted rates for shoppers who buy multiple pallets at once.

The amount that a homeowner pays also depends on the overall square footage of the yard, any other materials needed and labor costs. The cost can drop to $.33 per square foot to some and rise to $.66 or more per square foot for others. Labor costs for a simple 100-square-foot yard can range from $10 to $40, and most laborers charge an hourly rate for the work. Labor costs include the time the worker spends cutting and trimming the sod and the amount of time it takes to layout and arrange the grass.

Benefits of Fescue Sod

Fescue sod is one of the thicker and more durable types of grass. While other types of grass die due to constant use, fescue can survive areas with a lot of foot traffic, including lawns and areas around swimming pools. It grows in a number of areas where other types of grass cannot survive. Some grass will die due to the fluctuations between warmer and cooler temperatures in the summer and winter, but fescue grass will survive an extremely cold winter without any problems.

When comparing the cost of fescue sod to other types of sod, most people will find that the fescue varieties are less expensive. The sod also has a few environmental benefits and other advantages as well. When used in high traffic areas, it can actually reduce injuries, and it produces more oxygen than other types of comparable grasses.

Fescue Disadvantages

It is important that homeowners take the time to research the disadvantages of fescue sod before adding it to their lawns. One common disadvantage is that the grass can die during periods of time with high temperatures. If the temperature remains above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 days or longer, it can actually stop growing and begin dying. Fescue is also susceptible to various diseases and infestations, including leaf spot and red thread.

Though many people like the thick blades of fescue sod, some will find that it takes more work to cut and trim. Some mowers aren't strong enough to cut through the blades, which results in the leaves and blades wrapping around the mower blade. Fescue sod can also develop patches of thicker and thinner blades that give the lawn an uneven appearance. Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fescue sod with the overall costs can help homeowners see if this grass works for them.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

Top Articles on Fescue Sod

View All Articles

Looking for accurate quotes on your project?

  • Get multiple quotes for any home improvement project
  • See pro's rating, reviews, projects and more
  • 100% free, no obligations
  • Only takes a few minutes

Find pros in your area.

Close ×