Fescue is a deep rooted, cool season perennial grass. The plant produces vigorous growth in the spring and fall and its extensive root system helps it withstand drought conditions. The leaf blades are glossy on the underside and serrated on the margins. Fescue is a bunch-type grass and is one of the most adaptable grasses grown for grazing purposes.
Although it grows best in moist environments, fescue is adapted
to a wide range of soils, but does best on clay soils high
in organic matter. Fescue demonstrates good shade tolerance
in the southern region and can remain green year-round.
Fescue should not be used where mowing heights
are below 1.5 inches during summer months. The new turf-type
fescues should be planted with a hydroseeder or mechanical
seeder. Uniform distribution of seed is essential to
develop a complete cover. Spring plantings of tall
fescue may be successful, but the risk of losing immature
plants to summer heat and drought stress is greater.
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