Houseman Grass Series – All about Fescue Grass

At Houseman Services, we know all about lawn care. This series is dedicated to educating you about the most common lawn types in Georgia. Each week in this series, we will cover these different grasses:

This blog is all about Fescue grass.

Fescue grass types are a popular variety of cool season grasses that are adapted to the transition zone of the USA and into Canada. The fescue grass species are easily planted with grass seed and include the subspecies of broader leaved, bunching grasses named tall fescue and the group of finer leaved shorter fescue grass called Fine Fescue.


Fescue matures quickly after seeding and requires frequent mowing. It is finely textured and fast-growing. As a cool-season grass, fescue requires more water during the summer than warm-season grasses, or it will go dormant. It tolerates shade better than most grasses and is resilient in drought and fluctuating temperatures,

Type:                  Cool season grass

Sun Exposure:  Full sun to partial shade


Fescue grass is specifically planned for specific locations:

  • Beautiful, durable grass lawns
  • Sports fields
  • Pastures
  • Overseeding warm and cool grass lawns

Fescue grasses are shade tolerant and perform well in the lower areas of the transition zone.


There are many benefits to planting Fescue Grass:

  • Shade tolerance
  • Stays green all year
  • Drought resistant
  • Requires less fertilizer
  • Develops a deep root system


Fine fescue grass can be weakened by scorching temperatures, and extra water is necessary when heat waves last more than a week.

Fine fescue requires a higher cutting height, which is recommended when grown in the shade. Thatch can be a problem, due to the high lignin content in its leaf sheaths, which are slow to decompose. Core aeration is recommended to avoid issues with thatch and to improve the overall health of your lawn.

Steps for Healthy Lawn

There are several steps to consider when wanting to achieve a healthy and beautiful law:

·      Lawn Analysis

·      Aerate your Lawn

·      Seeding

·      Optimal Fertilizing, Weed, Insect, and Disease Control

·      Proper Watering

·      Cutting the Correct Height

If you are not familiar with fescue grass, it is in your best interest to make sure you talk with or hire a Lawn Care Service that is knowledgeable in this area to know fertilization schedules, over-seeding management techniques, utilization of intense mowing schedules for shorter mowing heights than most lawns, accurate irrigation and drying procedures.

Contact Houseman Services at 866-964-PEST as soon as possible so we can treat your property?

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