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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for hard fescue


  • Leave lawn unmowed to form a soft ground cover.
  • If mowed, mow high at 1.5 - 2.5 inches.


  • Fertilize using no more than 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft.
    per year during the period of active growth
    (March - June; October - December).


  • Seed at 5 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.


  • Water infrequently and deep.
  • Summer irrigation is required if hard fescue is grown as
    a turf or ground cover and a green color is desired.

Special problems

  • Medium susceptibility to turfgrass diseases
  • Low heat tolerance
  • Not adapted to close mowing
  • Low traffic tolerance

For more information, see the following sections:

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