Fine Fescue

Fine Fescue Specifications
  • Seeding rate: 3-5 lbs./1,000 sq.ft.
  • Germination: 8-16 days
  • Growth habit: bunch, creeping and/or spreading
  • Approx. seeds per lb: 500,000-615,000 depending on species
  • Blade: 1-2 mm, pointed, needle-like tip
  • Uses: Shaded Lawns, Ground Cover.
  • Identification: Narrowleaved, cool-season perennial and creeping and/or bunch growth habit, found mostly in shaded areas. Leaves have folded vernation (stem)
    and a dull underside.
  • Establishment: Slow establisher like tall fescue. Ideal for shade.
Foxy II Strong Creeping Red Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed
  • Bred from European x North American germplasm
  • Dark green vibrant turf color
  • Adapted to low input turf management systems
  • Drought tolerant
Epic Strong Creeping Red Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed, Epic Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  • Top performance in 2004-2007 NTEP
  • Deep dark green, elegant appearance
  • Heat and drought tolerant
  • Shade tolerant
Ambrose Chewings Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed, Ambrose Chewing Fescue
  • Exhibits a distinct deep dark green color
  • Adapted to low fertility and moderate to high soil pH conditions
  • Strong shade tolerance
  • Low vertical growth habit that will tolerate low cutting heights
Culumbra II Chewings Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed, Culumbra II Chewing Fescue
  • New and improved chewing fescue
  • Top performance in the 2002 Fine Fescue NTEP Test
  • Elite turf quality
  • Endophyte enhanced
Reliant IV Hard Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed, Reliant IV Hard Fescue Seed
  • Top entry in 2004-2007 NTEP Test
  • Shade tolerant
  • Ideal for natural areas and low input wildflower mixes
  • Low vertical growth that requires less mowing
Nordic Hard Fescue
Fine Fescue Seed, Creeping Red Fescue Seed, Nordic Hard Fescue Seed
  • Top hard fescue in 1998 NTEP
  • Exceptional heat and disease resistance
  • High water use efficiency
  • Endophyte enhanced for improved abiotic and biotic stress tolerance
Azure Blue Sheep Fescue
  • Very low growing
  • Requires little care and performs exceptionally where fertilizer use is discouraged
  • Excellent drought & cold tolerance
  • Appealing for its fine textured, brilliant teal blue color that actually intensifies under heat and drought stress
Tall Fescue Traits
COLOR
MOWING
TRAFFIC
THATCH
NITROGEN
SHADE
TYPE
DROUGHT
ENDOPHYTE
Dark Green
Tolerate 1 1/2″
Fair
Medium
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Creeping
Very Good
60%
Dark Green
Tolerate 1 1/2″
Fair
Medium
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Creeping
Very Good
75%
Dark Green
Tolerate 1/2″
Good
High
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Chewing
Good
36%
Dark Green
Tolerate 1/2″
Good
High
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Chewing
Good
0%
Dark Green
Tolerate 1 3/4-3″
Fair-Poor
Medium
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Hard
Good
76%
Dark Green
Tolerate 1 3/4-3″
Fair-Poor
Medium
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Hard
Good
14%
Blue Green
Tolerate 1 1/2-3″
Poor
High
2-4 lb. per M Annual
Very Good
Sheep
Good
0%
Chewing Fescue

Chewing fescues have a bunch type growth habit, forms denser turf than the strong creeping red fescue, tends to be more disease resistant and persistent under lower maintenance. Of the fine fescues, chewing fescue is the most tolerant of close, continuous mowing and traffic pressure. From Northern Europe and bred for improved turf quality in hotter, dryer climates of North America.

Strong Creeping Red Fescue

Strong creeping red fescues have rhizomes and a distinct spreading growth habit.They have greater, longer and less prolific rhizomes than the slender creeping red fescues. Strong creepers also tend to be more tolerant of patch and crown disease and are often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass in hot and humid regions.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue

Slender creeping red fescues are very tolerant of saline soil conditions, respond well to low mowing heights and can be used in winter overseeding programs where rapid spring transition is desired. Slender red fescue is often used as component in roadside turf mixtures where salting of roadsides is required.

Hard Fescue

Hard fescues are similar in appearance to sheep and blue fescue, but have wider, tougher, less glaucus (bluish-green) leaves and are more tolerant of higher fertility and moist soil conditions. Hard fescues are more similar to chewing fescue with similar turf density and texture, but have lower nutrient requirements and slower vertical growth rates. Hard fescues are also used as a component in low maintenance turf mixtures where a “windswept” or “links” look is desired. Hard fescue is also used for wildflower mixtures.

Sheep & Blue Fescue

Sheep and blue fescues exhibit a stiff bunch type, non-creeping growth habit, bluish green to dark green leaves, require little maintenance and do poorly under intensive cultural practices. Sheep and blue fescue are often used in wildflower mixes because of their non-aggressive ornamental appearance. Sheep fescue is used for wildflower mixtures and blue fescue is used extensively for ornamental landscape plantings. Both species produce very good turf under shade conditions.