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How to Grow Fescue Grass in Your YardBy: Julie Day
Fescue is a common lawn grass throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. These types of grasses are generally known for their year-round green color, drought resistance, and shade tolerance. Here’s what you need to know about growing fescue grass in your lawn.
About Fescue Grass Lawns
Fescue is a cool-season grass; that means it grows best in the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler, and it struggles during the heat of summer. Under the right conditions, fescue is green year-round, but it can go dormant (brown) during severe heat and drought.
Because fescue is slightly more heat tolerant than other cool-season grasses, it’s a great choice for lawns located in the “transition zone,” where summers are too hot for other cool-season grasses, but winters may be too cold for warm-season grasses.
Advantages of Fescue Grasses
There are over 30 different varieties of fescue grasses. In general, most fescues are:
- Tolerant of Poor Soil: Many varieties of fescue are easy to grow even in compacted, clay-based soil and low-fertility, sandy soil.
Types of Fescue Grasses
Fescue grasses are generally divided into tall and fine varieties.
Tall Fescue Grasses
This broad-leaved grass is the most heat and drought tolerant of all fescues, but it’s coarser in texture. Tall fescue is the type more often seen in common lawn seed blends.
Fine Fescue Grasses
These types of fescue have finer blades and a softer texture than tall fescue. Fine fescue tolerates cold and shade a little better than tall fescue. Popular types of fine fescue include:
- Sheep’s Fescue: This fescue grows in large clumps, up to 16” tall, and is often used for erosion control and naturalized areas.
Fescue Grass Growing Tips
Here are some tips on how to grow fescue grass in your yard:
- Summer Lawn Care Guide (article)
- Fall Lawn Care Guide (article)
- Spring Lawn Care Guide (article)
- Best Drought-Tolerant Lawn Grass for Sandy Soil (article)
- How to Green Up Your Lawn with Iron Supplement (article)
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