Creeping Red Fescue ( Festuca rubra )
fescue is a cool-season grass used in cool, shaded, mountain sites,
such as camps, resorts, and cabins where low-input of mowing,
fertilization, and irrigation is desired. It does not do well in hot
climates, except in shady, dry situations. In areas where Kentucky
bluegrass does well, red fescue forms an excellent companion grass to
increase shade tolerance. Red fescue germinates and establishes slowly.
It is moderately wear resistant.
fine-bladed grass with a deep green color. The leaves are folded in the
bud, there are no auricles, and there is a short membranous ligule
present. Red fescue has two distinct growing habits: creeping red fescue
spreads very slow by very short rhizomes and Chewings fescue is a
bunchgrass with an upright growth habit.
fescue requires very low maintenance. It does not require much
fertilizer and does not need excessive amounts of water. A high mowing
cut is recommended. Red fescue has a high tolerance for cold
temperatures and shade, moderate tolerance for drought and wear, and low
tolerance for heat.
Planting and management tips for red fescue
Mow at 1.5 - 2.5 inches or keep unmowed as a groundcover.
Fertilize using 1 - 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the
period of active growth (March - June; October - December).
Seed at 3.5 - 4.5 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.
A low to moderate amount of water is required. Water
1 - 2 times/week during the warm season; red fescue can go dormant in
the summer if watered too infrequently or if no water is available.