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Fescues are part of the large family (no less than 12 000 species!) Poaceae, ie Gramineae. Originally, fescues are forages. And if you find some of them today in your turf, it is thanks to their ability to cover the ground with a carpet of green grass, dense and perennial. Let's get better acquainted with these champions of the lawn, tall fescue, red fescue and sheep fescue.

Tall fescue

It's a sturdy and perennial grass.
She will seduce you with her ability to adapt to many situations. Indeed, it supports both drought and heat as excess water. Even a slightly salty soil does not scare him.
She has a good resistance to trampling and tearing. That's why you find it in many seed mixes for sports fields.
It also resists the main turf diseases.
If its start is slow enough, once in place, it grows quickly and its life time is more than 10 years.
In addition to all its qualities, in recent years, tall fescue has made great progress. It has a finer and denser foliage. Its speed of growth has also been reduced, which represents the economy of 1 mower out of 3. But, pay attention, she does not like at all too much mowing (less than 25 mm).

Red fescues

They are 3 which all have a fine and dense foliage who enjoys short and frequent clipping. They adapt to almost all types of soil and are as good in the sun as in the shade. But they bear less trampling than tall fescue. In addition, they are susceptible to the disease of the red thread.

  • The creeping red fescue: It is robust and it is the best resistant to drought, remaining green the longest. But its foliage is less thin than that of its sisters and is the most sensitive to trampling although it has a good power of regeneration and growth.
  • The red fescue half-tracer: Its foliage is very thin and very dense. Red fescue is the one that best resists trampling. It supports short periods of drought and keeps a beautiful aspect in winter.
  • Red grass fescueShe is the champion of the golf greens with her very thin foliage, very dense and who loves short and frequent clippings. In addition, it grows slowly which limits the number of mowing. In summer, it turns yellow easily if it is not regularly watered but it behaves very well in winter.

The main improvements for red fescue are in their resistance to trampling. These are currently the most used grasses in lawn seed blends.

Sheep or durum fescue

This fescue will give you a beautiful grass with ras foliage, very thin and very dense. This is the ideal seed for a prestigious turf. And it thrives on both rich and poor soil (especially sandy or hard soil).
It grows slowly requiring little maintenance. That's why she's all right for difficult to access areas. For example, if you have to grass a slope.
But because she believes slowly, he has time to settle. You will have to watch her so that other herbs do not compete with her.
Summer, she well tolerates drought and heat, staying green. On the other hand, she does not like the winter during which she tends to turn yellow.
It is quite resistant to diseases, especially the red thread.
His great fault is to be very sensitive to trampling.

Good to know: From 300 species of fescuesome will find their place in the ornamental garden. For example, adopt blue fescue with blue-green, silver foliage. Its round tuft and its blooming light spikes make it a very aesthetic grass. It will adapt to all soils even the poorest. And best of all, it requires almost no maintenance!

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