Stover Hard Fescue – Fine Fescue.
Description: Stover Hard Fescue is a cool season grass, long-lived perennial grass. Hard Fescue is an excellent choice for low maintenance areas in shady or sunny sites. Hard Fescue is grayish to dark green in color and has a wiry texture. When left unmowed, the leaves grow 12-15 inches long and lie over displaying a ‘meadow’ look. It has an extensive root system and displays a tufted growth habit. Commonly seeded with Sheep or Creeping Red Fescue.
General Fine Fescue Information:
Fine Fescue Grass has amazing shade tolerance. Fine Fescue is not native to the U.S., but originated in Europe. They are probably best known for their shade tolerance and their very thin blades. The blades are some of the finest of all turf grass and can measure less than a 16th of an inch wide. Most species prefer cooler regions and will not survive in the southern half of the U.S. In European countries, such as Scotland, conditions are quite favourable and these Fescues are even used as a primary turf grass. In the U.S., however, they mostly do well only in the shade, so that is generally how they are marketed.
Characteristics of Stover Hard Fescue
- Medium texture;
- Slow but persistent grower;
- Gray-green colour;
- Shade tolerance; and
- Long, slender leaf blades.
- Uniform growth habit;
- Mature stands are competitive;
- Attractive in an ornamental planting;
- Useful in shade mixtures; and
- Attractive as slope or ground cover.
Uses: Ground cover or slope mixtures for erosion control as an unmowed grass. Can be mixed with wildflowers. Golf course roughs, ski slopes, roadside or ornamental plantings, vineyards, orchards, cemeteries. Non-used areas of parks, median strips.
Seeding Rates: New turf or ground cover: 5-7 pounds per 1000 square feet depending on whether other grasses or wildflowers are being used in the seed mix.
Overseeding: Up to 5 pounds per 1000 square feet.
Establishment: Emergence: 10-21 days. Establishment: 6-8 weeks. Best seeded in Fall, Winter and Spring.
Growing regions: Cooler areas, best adapted to well drained soils.
Soils: pH Range: 5.0 to 7.5.
Salinity: Not tolerant of saline conditions.
Fertilisation: As needed during cool seasons.
Ingredients & Specifications: Stover Hard Fescue. Minimum Purity: 98%. Minimum Germination: 85%. 400,000-500,000 seeds per pound.