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Fine Fescue

Description

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

Aeration

Delay coring until fall.

Fertilization

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.

Irrigation

Water, if needed, to prevent excessive drying. About 1 inch of water per application each week is adequate.

Mowing

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.

Thatch Removal

It is not necessary to remove thatch.

Weed Control

Apply broadleaf herbicides as necessary for control of chickweed, henbit, or other weeds.

Presentations

Publications

Species Data

Seedhead/Flower

panicle; seedhead is a closed, coarse panicle

Vernation type

leaves folded in the bud

Ligule Type

membranous; rounded, 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long

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Growth Season/Life Cycle

cool season turf

Auricle type

absent

Leaf blade tip shape

sharp-pointed; bristle-like with whitish cast, deeply ridged on inner surface

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Stolon Presence

absent

Rhizome Presence

absent except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short

Collar Type

indistinct, divided in some species, continuous in others

Sheath Margin

open