Fescue Grass

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Fescue Grass

Fescue grass is a cool season grass good for use as lawns or for grazing. The coarse textured medium to dark green grass withstands moderate traffic and infrequent mowing. Drought tolerant and shade resistant, this grass is highly adaptable to a number of conditions and climates around the world.

Native to Europe, Fescue belongs to a large group of grasses containing hundreds of species. This species includes subspecies of the bunching type grasses called Tall Fescue, fine shorter varieties such as Sheep Fescue, and newer turf-type varieties which are shorter and have a finer texture. This highly adaptable grass has been exported all over the world for grazing and landscaping purposes. When densely sown, the grass forms a uniform appearance and has good weed and disease resistance. The extensive root-system makes it an excellent candidate for erosion control. The durable, drought resistant grass is suitable for a wide range of climates and is popular throughout the world. Fine and Tall varieties of Fescue are used extensively in the central to northern United States.

These grasses prefer a temperate climate and go dormant during extremely hot or cold temperatures. This grass should be planted during the mildest parts of spring and fall allowing it time to become established. Seeding is the most popular planting method although grass plugs and sod are available. The grass is tolerant of a large range of soil types. This species tends to be low-maintenance; however, newly planted grass needs to be watered until established. The grass will become drought tolerant after becoming established. Fertilizing with a nitrogen rich fertilizer in the spring and fall will promote healthy growth. Because of the bunch type habit of Tall Fescue, open areas may develop and need reseeded.

Fescue varieties fill a large gap in grass species left by transition climates. It is often used in lawn seed blends. Fescue stays green all year turning a pale green during times of dormancy during the hottest part of summer and coldest part of winter. Fine Fescues are used in mixtures for northern summer lawns and blended with warm season grasses for winter lawns. Fescue is a good low-maintenance choice for use in seed blends.

Fescue is a fine species of grass to plant for general lawn use, a grazing pasture, or for erosion control. This durable grass is useful in a variety of situations. Shade resistance, drought tolerance and evergreen leaves make this grass suitable to a wide range of conditions and climates.


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