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Fine Fescue

Description and Characteristics

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Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue


Fine Fescue is an adaptable grass type that does well in a wide variety of climatic conditions and is moderately tolerant of shade conditions. It is often used on blends specifically aimed at shady areas. The four grass types that are commonly called “fine Fescue” are Creeping Red Fescue, Chewing Fescue, Hard Fescue. and Sheep Fescue 

The Fine Fescues have low tolerance for traffic and wear and they tend to grow in clumps, giving them less of a refined look then other lawn grasses.

Sheep Fescue - USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 271.

Where they excel is in the capability to grow in areas that are cold, windy and dry and will typically survive cold weather conditions that challenge other cold weather grasses. Used in blends aimed at shady areas they strengthen the turf in the shady areas beneath trees.


All of the fescues share some common characteristics, Shade Tolerant, Resistance to Drought and staying green all year. The key difference is that the fine fescues are more resistant to cold and shade then the other varieties.




Traffic Tolerance Low Traffic Tolerance
Type Cool Weather Grass
Acidity PH 5.5-6.5
Maintenance Low/Medium Maintenance
Fertilizer Commercially Available “Lawn Fertilizers”
Growth Rate Slow
Light Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Regular Watering (Do not Overwater)
Mowing Height 2 to 3”
Propogation  Seed
Salt Tolerance Moderate (With Exception of Hard Fescue which is high)
Best USDA Zones 3-4-5-6-7


USDA Information on Chewing Fescue

USDA Information on Hard Fescue

USDA Zone Map