The Q&A Archives: Hard Fescue

Question: There is a type of grass called hard fescue that is sometimes recommended as a good choice for tough sites, such as steep banks. Can you tell me about it?

Answer: Fescues are grasses that grow in clumps. Several fescues are classified as ornamental grasses, rather than turfgrasses, because of their mounding habits. You can try Festuca amethystina, a bluish, or gray-blue plant that forms 6-18 inch high clumps. They're reasonably carefree, are attractive, and can be mowed down to help renew the plant. <br><br>If you are looking for a ground cover, you might check out Peaceful Valley Farm Supply's catalog (PO Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945, ph# 916-272-4769). They sell a variety of erosion control seed mixes, crown vetch, and lawn mixes, including a low maintenance dwarf mix and one called "Tough Turf".

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