Hard fescue is a cool-season
grass often used in cool-season grass seed mixtures when shade is
an expected problem. It does well on low fertility soils and in shaded
areas. This species is good as a non-mowed turf for slopes, median
strips, and nonused areas of parks. It does not recover well from
severe injury. It is not tolerant of high summer temperatures.
A very fine-bladed grayish to dark-green
grass. The leaves are folded in the bud, there are no auricles, and
a membranous ligule is present. Hard fescue is a bunch grass with
a semi-erect growth habit and heavy roots.
Low maintenance. Hard fescue is often not mowed and can be left unmowed (it doesn't respond well to close mowing). It has a low fertility requirement and has a high tolerance for drought, shade, and cold temperatures.
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