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The 411 on Fescue Grass

Simple Lawn Solutions offers our knowledge of all things fescue whether you are working with established fescue grass or exploring a new grass type for your yard.

If you’re looking for a dense turf, learn more about what makes fescue grass an excellent lawn care choice.


What is Fescue Grass?

Fescue grass has been adapted to various transition zones of the US but is mainly a cool-season grass. Cool-season grasses are adapted to colder winters and do well in daytime temperatures of around 75 degrees. Unlike other cool-season grasses, fescue grass does very well in shaded areas, making grass care suitable for these areas.

This grass is established from seed and grown in a bunch-type or short variety. The best characteristic of fescue grass is that it can stay green year-round, making it attractive to homeowners for residential lawns.

Fescue grass is generally a dense turf that can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for lawns, parks, and fields. Lawn care is a breeze with the robust nature of fescue grass.


Types of Fescue Grass

Fescue grasses share a variety of similar physical characteristics. Let’s learn about what differentiates these grasses from one another.


There are a variety of fescue grass species including: 

  •     Tall
  •     Creeping Red
  •     Chewings
  •     Hard


Tall Fescue is the most standard type of fescue grass for residential lawns. It’s course blades give this grass a very lush appearance. Its deep root system holds a significant amount of water, making it a very drought-tolerant fescue grass.

Creeping Red Fescue is common for homes and golf courses. It has fine blades of grass and is named for its ability to creep into other areas and grow there. The creeping nature of this fescue grass makes grass care minimal, as it tends to fill in bare and sparse areas of grass on its own.

Chewings Fescue is almost like a combination of tall fescue and creeping red fescue - its thin blades grow tall and creep upward. This tall grass can be mowed shorter, unlike most other types of fescue grass.

Hard Fescue is the toughest turf when it comes to fescue grass. It can survive in the driest places with small amounts of water. It is also the most disease resistant of fescue grasses. Another excellent characteristic of hard fescue is that it requires minimal grass care and does well, even without the intervention of lawn care.

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Fescue Fertilization

Like other cool-season grasses, fescue grass should be fertilized one to two times a year. The first fertilization should occur in the spring and then again in the fall, around six weeks before the first frost.

To make your grass care routine more manageable, check out the benefits of using a liquid fertilizer for your lawn.

It’s always good to test your soil's health before applying fertilization, so you can make sure to apply lawn food with the nutrients your soil needs most.


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Whether you are working with established fescue grass or exploring a new grass type for your yard, Simple Lawn Solutions offers our knowledge of all things fescue.

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