Grasses 101 - Fescue

Published : 02/07/2021

Fescue is a cold climate all-rounder. It is a tough cool season grass that can withstand the unpredictable seasons some areas of Australia brings. This grass can withstand the stiff frost in winter and can stay healthy through the dry summer.

Fescue can come in many different subtypes and depending on which type you choose can grow to be anywhere between 10cm to 2 metres tall. It is a typically coarse grass that can be a bit rough for kids. The most commonly used fescue by Aussie homeowners is fine fescue.

The root system of fescue is what drives it to be so tough. Its roots tunnel deep into your soil, sometimes as far as 6 feet. These deep running roots are what make it able to withstand dry spells, it can access moisture from the soil and water table that other grass types cannot.

Appearance:

Fine fescue can be identified by its narrow leaf blades that earn it its name. These are less coarse and are fairly low maintenance, with the ability to be left completely unmown for a shaggier look.

Tall fescue lawn types are a bit higher maintenance. They require mowing more often but do come with the drought and heat tolerant advantage. This grass grows similarly to most other popular turf grasses and has a wider leaf blade.

The two types are often found together in turf seed blends to create a great looking lawn that can withstand heat and drought.

Maintenance:

Fescue may not need to be watered and mown as often as other grass types but does still require some love. Fescue has a susceptibility to pests and diseases, particularly after heavy rain or if your turf has become waterlogged. It will also need to be regularly fertilised to ensure it is receiving the right nutrients to continue to live up to its claims of heat resistance.

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