Fescue Sod Delivery and Installation

Get a resilient and attractive lawn that thrives in cooler seasons when you choose Fescue sod.

About Fescue Sod

Fescue is a cool-season type of sod – meaning it flourishes in the cooler seasons, mostly in spring and fall. Our fescue is a tall fescue with a nice, green textured wide blade. Tennessee is about as south as you will find fescue, as most of the grasses below Tennessee are warm-season grasses. Therefore Tennessee is called a transition zone, which allows cool-season and warm-season grasses to be grown.

Why Choose Fescue? 

Fescue sod offers a variety of benefits to homeowners and landscapers alike. This resilient grass is drought-resistant, meaning that it can withstand long periods of hot and dry weather without drying out or dying. Fescue sod is also incredibly versatile, able to grow in a wide range of soil conditions including infertile sand, compacted clay, and alkaline and saline soils. 

In terms of maintenance, fescue sod requires minimal watering and mowing, making it a low-maintenance option for those who want a green lawn without having to put in a lot of effort. In fact, this grass is known for its lush, green appearance, making it a popular choice for those who want to create a bright, beautiful landscape. Fescue sod is also known for its durability and ability to withstand heavy foot traffic, making it perfect for families with active children and pets. Plus, its deep root system helps prevent soil erosion and reduce water runoff, making it an environmentally friendly option. Overall, fescue sod grass is a great choice for those who want a durable, attractive, and easy-to-maintain lawn.

About Tall Fescue 

At Sod Source, we use tall fescue because it is more suited to the southern climate than fine fescue is. Here are some of the key characteristics of tall fescue:

  • Texture: Tall fescue has a coarse texture. The blades of grass are typically 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide and 1 to 2 inches long.
  • Color: Tall fescue is typically dark green in color. However, some varieties can have a lighter green or even blue-green color.
  • Growth Habit: Tall fescue is a bunch-type grass. This means that it grows in clumps and does not spread as quickly as other types of grass.
  • Tolerance: Tall fescue is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. It can tolerate heat, drought, shade, and foot traffic.
  • Maintenance: Tall fescue is a moderate-maintenance grass. It requires regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing.

Is Tall Fescue Right for You?

If you are looking for a cool-season grass that is tolerant of a variety of conditions, tall fescue is a good option. It is a good choice for lawns in the transition zone and for lawns that receive partial or full shade. Tall fescue is also a good choice for homeowners who want a low-maintenance lawn.

Caring for Fescue Grass

Installing Fescue Sod

The best time to install fescue sod is in the spring or fall, when the weather is cool and moist. Install your sod as soon as possible after it is delivered; the sod will start to dry out if it is not installed within a few hours of delivery. Your soil should be moist and loosened to a depth of at least 6 inches and free of weeds, debris, and rocks. Lay the sod so that the edges overlap by at least 2 inches, then roll the sod with a garden roller to help it settle into place. Water the sod thoroughly after it is installed. Not everyone is willing or able to lay sod on their own – that’s why companies like Sod Source also provide sod installation services. Call us at 615-628-7097 for a quote.

Fescue Watering Tips

March – October: Watering recommended at 6 am and 6 pm. 

November – February: Watering recommended in the morning before 10 am and afternoon after 4 pm.

Water for 30 minutes then move sprinklers. If grass is still wet after 12 hours from evening watering, wait until dry to water again.

Fescue Mowing Tips

After installation, mow your sod for the first time when it is about 3 inches tall. For regular mowing, fescue grass benefits from being mowed at a height of 2 inches or more. This allows the blades to shade the soil, which helps to retain moisture. Mowing tall fescue once a week is sufficient. Mowing more often can stress the grass and make it more susceptible to weeds. Remember to sharpen your mower blades, since dull mower blades can tear the grass blades unevenly and make your lawn look unhealthy.

Sod vs. Seed:
Which Is Better?

When it comes to achieving a perfectly green, healthy lawn, two options come to mind: sod or seed. While both methods can give you a luscious lawn, there are many advantages to opting for sod over seed. The first benefit of sod is that it is much more convenient. With sod, you can have a lush lawn in a matter of hours versus weeks or even months with seed. Sod is also much easier to install than seed, with no need for any tilling or waiting for germination. Additionally, sod guarantees uniformity throughout your lawn, meaning no patchy areas or uneven growth. In contrast, seeding can result in a more inconsistent lawn, which may require additional seed and more time to maintain. Lastly, sod requires significantly less maintenance than seeded lawns, with none of the need for frequent watering and the constant threat of weeds and pests. This could really save you time and money in the long run. All in all, sod is a wise investment for those looking for a quick, effortless, and aesthetically pleasing way to transform their outdoor space.

Should I Install Sod Myself? 

Whether or not you should install your own sod depends on a few factors, including your budget, your time constraints, and your DIY skills.


The cost of sod installation will vary depending on the size of your lawn, the type of sod you choose, and the cost of labor in your area. If cost is the main concern for you, then you may be better off laying the sod on your own. Just make sure you do plenty of research before your sod is delivered.


Sod installation is a time-consuming project. It can take several hours to install a small lawn, and even longer for a large lawn. Time is of the essence when installing sod, since it may dry out if left above ground for too long. A professional sod installer will be able to lay your sod in much shorter time than you likely could yourself.

DIY Skills

Sod installation will go better for an amateur with some basic DIY skills. If you are not comfortable working with tools or following instructions, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

The greatest benefit to installing sod yourself is the cost savings. However, laying sod is a physically demanding job and requires a baseline level of DIY experience and knowledge. If you aren’t careful, you could make mistakes that damage your lawn and end up costing you more in the long run. Ultimately, the decision of whether to lay your own sod or hire a professional sod installation company is a matter of personal choice. 

Sod Installation Tips 

If you decide to install your own sod, here are some tips to help you get the job done right:

Plan ahead: Make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials before you start.

Prepare the soil: The soil should be loose and well-drained.

Lay the sod: Lay the sod in a staggered pattern and overlap the edges by at least 6 inches.

Water the sod: Water the sod regularly, especially during the first few weeks.

Fertilize the sod: Fertilize the sod according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

With a little planning and effort, you can install your own sod and have a beautiful lawn in no time. But if you decide that installing sod is not for you, the professionals at Sod Source have you covered!

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Please note that Sod Source is based in Middle Tennessee. For clients outside of Middle TN, we only offer Sod Delivery and Installation at this time. Clients in these areas must please provide their own yard measurements.

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