Hard Fescue - Knowledgebase Question

Mechanicsburg, PA
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Question by gweigel1
December 30, 1997
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?


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Answer from NGA
December 30, 1997
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.

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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