Fine Fescue Grass Seed

Fine fescue is a cool-season grass ideal for golf course roughs in northern climates. It includes fine leaf types creeping red fescue, sheeps fescue, chewings fescue and hard fecsue. Although fine fescue is able to grow in partial shade and withstand periodic droughts, fine fescue is weakened in very hot temperatures and may require additional watering to survive through extreme highs that last longer than one week.

Fine fescue can be mowed down to a half inch or may go completely unmown. It requires low to moderate fertilization and water, except in high-temperature situations described above.

Little Bighorn American Sheep Fescue

Less dense and generally better suited for low naturalized sites, the Little Bighorn American sheep fescue is different than its turf-type cousins, many of which can have parentage tracked to European turf breeding programs. Little Bighorn, Festuca ovina, is a less dense bunch-type grass suitable for naturalized sites, often found in golf course outer roughs and other meadow type areas. Little Bighorn will not form a dense, sod-forming turf but provides compact plants with upright foliage and red-purple seed heads throughout the sward. The foliage has a slight bluish cast during the spring growth period. Excellent as a nurse with native grasses and wildflowers, Little Bighorn is at home on the golf course, in parks, and other naturalized areas where maintenance and traffic will be minimal.

Seeds/Pound (approximate): 550,000; Seeding Rate (pounds/1,000 sq. ft): 0.5-4

Marvel Creeping Red Fescue

Marvel creeping red fescue, Festuca rubra var. rubra, is our latest release. Marvel is adapted for use in high quality sun and shade mixes and low input mixtures. It is an elite variety with fine texture and rhizomatous spreading habit, better color, persistence, wear tolerance, and improved density. Marvel exhibits excellent performance when included at 15-35% of the mixture by weight in general cool-season mixes.

Seeds/Pound (approximate): 365,000; Seeding Rate (pounds/1,000 sq. ft): 3-4 (Overseeding), 5-6 (New Seeding)

Minimus Hard Fescue

Minimus hard fescue, Festuca brevipila, offers several options on the golf course and in general, natural low maintenance turf areas with A-LIST quality. It thrives in low maintenance management and is ideal for meadows, parks and secondary roughs, as well as in areas where turf transitions to natural areas or into shade.

Seeds/Pound (approximate): 565,000; Seeding Rate (pounds/1,000 sq. ft): 1-3 (Overseeding), 0.5-4 (New Seeding)

Sword Hard Fescue

Sword hard fescue, Festuca brevipila, has many low input applications on golf courses, roadsides, parks and lawns. It thrives in low input management programs where little or no nitrogen is applied and mowing and irrigation is limited or restricted. National trials in multiple locations show Sword excels under nitrogen rates of 0-1 lbs/1000 sq. ft./year (higher rates result in declining performance).

Seeds/Pound (approximate): 565,000; Seeding Rate (pounds/1,000 sq. ft): 1-3 (Overseeding), 2-4 (New Seeding) 

Woodall Chewings Fescue

Woodall chewings fescue, Festuca rubra var. falax, is excellent for use in shade, low input mixtures, and blends requiring reduced fertilizer, irrigation and mowing which saves time and money. It excels in sun and shade mixtures for lawn and golf course rough use. Chewings fescue is an improved and proven lower-growing fine fescue. It differs from creeping red fescue because of its more erect growth and adaptability. The Woodall chewings fescue variety is typically used for turf and roadside erosion.

Woodall chewings fescue was named in honor of the late Don Woodall, a career seedsman, friend, and colleague of many in the green industry. Don’s passion was solving grassing challenges with low input cultivars. 

-We think he would approve of this selection.

Seeds/Pound (approximate): 365,000; Seeding Rate (pounds/1,000 sq. ft): 3-4 (Overseeding), 5-6 (New Seeding) 

A-LIST (Alliance for Low Input Sustainable Turf)

A-LIST is an independent, non-profit, industry initiative, fostering development of sustainable turfgrass varieties and related products that perform their function with less maintenance inputs, this benefitting the environment.

A-LIST seeks to influence turfgrass breeding by creating trial guidelines and evaluation protocols to identify the best performing turfgrass varieties under reduced inputs and management.