Fescues by Barenbrug

With a very fine leaf texture, low growth characteristics and exceptional density, fine fescues are a common component of shade mixtures, erosion control blends, and low-maintenance turf in golf and landscapes. In cooler, temperate climates, established fine fescue lawns also have good drought tolerance, low fertility requirements and will tolerate full sun. Barenbrug offers all five fine fescue species for use in mixes for landscape, golf, erosion control, un-mowed naturalized areas and low maintenance turf areas; each providing unique benefits to maximize turfgrass sustainability.



Hard Fescue

  • Medium dark blue-green color
  • Drought and heat tolerant
  • Tolerant of short mowing (0.5”)
  • Very shade competitive
  • Dollar Spot and Red Thread resistance
  • Very low maintenance requirements
  • Excellent in mixes with other fine fescues, perennial rye, and Kentucky blue
  • Broad range of adaptability including the transition zone


Hard fescue is often blue-green in color, has excellent shade tolerance, and can tolerate stresses like drought and low nutrient levels very well. Hard fescues grow best in northern climates, especially at higher elevations, but still have good performance in warmer/drier climates as a component.  


Hardtop is primarily used in low turf maintenance applications, but is adapted to high end mixtures as well. When compared with other fine fescues, Hardtop has an improved tolerance to heat, drought and several diseases. With good shade adaptation and low fertilizer needs, Hardtop hard fescue is suited to almost all areas of cool season grass adaption.

Seeding Rate (lbs.)
Seeds Per Pound
Mowing: Recommendation (in.)
2.5-(no mow)
Mowing: High Input Min. (in.)