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Publication Type:
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Newsletter
Content Type:Q & A
Author(s):Henry, Mike
Author Affiliation:University of California Cooperative Extension, Riverside and Orange Counties
Title:[Fine fescues in California]
Source:Turf Tales Magazine. Vol. 7, No. 4, Autumn 2000, p. 14.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Van Nuys,CA: Southern California Turfgrass Council
Question:"Why is the 'fine fescue' I ordered from a Canadian seed company doing so poorly in Hemet, California? I water it heavily, mow it at 2 inches, but it only looks good in shady areas. The grass is browning out in the sun."
Answer/Response:"The fine fescue species are poorly adapted to the southern California summer climate. Being Temperate Zone grasses they are not heat tolerant and in past studies have not been able to tolerate our heat when they are mowed. They may fair better if left unmowed during the hot parts of the year, giving a 'meadow' effect. Partial shade will also be to their advantage in hotter parts of the Los Angeles basin and inland San Diego County. Of the various species of fine fescues, 'Sheeps Fescue' (Festuca ovina) is somewhat more heat tolerant and generally does better than 'Creeping Red Fescue.'"
Language:English
References:0
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Henry, M. 2000. [Fine fescues in California]. Turf Tales Mag. 7(4):p. 14.
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