Types of Fescue Grass Seeds

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Types of Fescue Grass Seeds
There are several varieties of grass (grass image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com)

Fescue is type of grass that grows mainly in cool seasons. It grows aggressively and spreads to form a uniform, thick turf. It is also evergreen, producing a year-round, dark green turf. For that reason, fescue grass is widely popular in lawns.

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Tall Fescue Grass

Tall fescue grass is a fine, dark green grass. It is most widely used in commercial areas, like hospitals, baseball fields or places that are designed to accommodate a lot of traffic. It grows best in heavy soils that are rich with nutrients. It can grow in cooler seasons and in humid regions. Tall fescue grass varieties include Greystone, Kentucky 31, Tar Heel II and Titan LTD.

Creeping Red Fescue Grass

Creeping red fescue grass and slender creeping red fescue are fine, thin grasses that are characterised by a dark green colour and slanted growth. Indicative of its name, creeping red fescue grass grows at a slight slant. It grows best when planted in cool, shaded areas. It requires only a small amount of fertiliser and irrigation to thrive. It is usually used mixed in with lighter-coloured fescue varieties to provide a dark shade. Creeping red fescue grass varieties include McAlpin Red and Lustrous Red.

Hard Fescue Grass

Hard fescue grass is popular because it is a low maintenance, heavy grass. It is shade-resistant, salt-tolerant and needs little fertilisation. It is characterised by its blue-green tint. Hard fescue grows best in northern American climates and areas of high elevation. It can be used in parks, golf courses, slopes and highway medians. Hard fescue grass varieties include Aurora Gold, Predator and Little Bighorn.

Chewing Fescue Grass

Chewing fescue grass is a bunch-type grass variety. It strongly resembles tall fescue grass, however, it has fine leaves. Chewing fescue grass is a hardy variety can grow in sandy soils, acidic soils and infertile soils. It grows well in the northern regions of America and the coastal regions of the Northeast and Pacific Northwest in cooler environments. Chewing fescue grass varieties include Shadow II and Seven Seas.

Sheep Fescue Grass

Sheep fescue grass, like chewing fescue grass, is a bunch-type grass variety. It is widely used for erosion control and soil improvement, although it can easily be adapted into a lawn grass. It has a blue-green shade and grows to be pretty thick. As its name implies, it can also be used as a meadow grass for grazing.

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