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How do you grow fine fescue?

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Asked by: Amber Navarro

Fine fescue prefers full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade. It needs lenient mowing and is often used in mixtures with other grasses. Lawn seed mixes recommended for use in shady areas usually contain high percentages of fine fescues (such as Chewings fescue and creeping red fescues).

Which is better tall fescue or fine fescue?

Fine fescue grasses are also drought-tolerant, but they tend to be less tolerant of heat and cold when compared to tall fescue. These grasses only have a medium tolerance for foot traffic. If you have a shady lawn, you may want to choose fine fescue over tall fescue since it does better with less sun.

What is the best time to plant fescue grass seed?

Late summer to early fall is the best time to plant tall fescue seed. Fall offers several advantages not available any other time of year. As air temperatures drop in autumn, soil still retains some summer warmth.

Where does fescue grass grow best?

In the United States, tall fescue is found from the Pacific Northwest to the southern states in low-lying pastures. Although it grows best in moist environments, tall fescue has good drought tolerance and will survive during dry periods in a dormant state.

Is fine fescue a good lawn grass?

Fine Fescue is an excellent species of grass for shady backyards due to its excellent shade tolerance. It requires almost half the fertilizer that Kentucky Bluegrass does, so it’s a good species for low maintenance areas.

How do I know if my fescue grass is fine?

Fine Fescue Grass Identification

They are the most shade-tolerant lawn grasses and fairly easy to differentiate from all other grasses. Their most distinguishing characteristic is their very narrow, finely-bladed leaves. They can also have a lighter green color than other grasses.

How long does it take for fine fescue to germinate?

Fine fescues will germinate anywhere from 4 to 8 days. Following good germination, reduce irrigation initially by adjusting the frequency to 2 times per day for 5 to 7 days, followed by 1 time per day until irrigation can be withheld.

Does fescue grass spread on its own?

Tall fescue doesn’t spread, as it’s a clump-forming turfgrass type. Only grasses that have stolons (above-ground offshoots) and rhizomes (under-ground) offshoots can spread laterally and fill in all the bare spots on lawns without the need for reseeding.