Fine fescue species include creeping red, chewings, hard, and sheep fescue. All fine-leaf fescues are bunch-type grasses except creeping red fescue which is rhizomatous. Fine fescues are some of the most fine-textured turfgrasses available. Due to their superb shade tolerance and ability to recuperate from stresses, fine fescues are often mixed with tall fescue to enhance performance in shady areas.
lawn Maintenance for December - February
Delay coring until fall.
Fertilize with 1 pound of actual nitrogen per thousand square feet in February. In absence of soil test results, use a complete (N-P-K) turf-grade fertilizer with a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio.
Water, if needed, to prevent excessive drying. About 1 inch of water per application each week is adequate.
Remove lawn debris (rocks, sticks, and leaves). Mow lawn at 3 inches and remove clipping debris at spring greenup. Mow before grass gets taller than 5 inches. Remember grasscycling and leave clippings on the lawn.
It is not necessary to remove thatch.
Apply broadleaf herbicides as necessary for control of chickweed, henbit, or other weeds.
panicle; seedhead is a closed, coarse panicle
leaves folded in the bud
membranous; rounded, 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long
Growth Season/Life Cycle
cool season turf
Leaf blade tip shape
sharp-pointed; bristle-like with whitish cast, deeply ridged on inner surface
absent except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short
indistinct, divided in some species, continuous in others