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Fescue vs. drought tolerant varieties

  • Fescue is a cool season grass specie which is not sustainable in warm climates which have low rainfall.
  • Fescue does not have the same amazing ability to self repair like warm season/drought tolerant turf – ‘once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!’ you will have done your doe – there is no long term protection of your landscape investment. All drought tolerant turfs have a lateral growth habit – which is what gives the ability to self repair. Fescue only grows upright.
  • Because of fescues inability to self repair, Coolabah would not be able to honour its great grass guarantee on this variety – a lawn is only as good as it is managed. We have experts on our team who help every customer with the ongoing management and maintenance of their lawns because our streamlined product range is now limited to varieties which are proven to sustainable, despite a decade of drought.
  • Annual preventative techniques are required for the control of weeds and insects – which most people tend not to do. Most people are reactive with their lawns management and maintenance – ie. They only notice something is amiss once it starts to look shabby. People are too busy in this day and age to have to worry about nursing a lawn (or breast feeding a lawn!) once they get it established they want it to look great with little care.
  • There are a few good looking, established fescue lawns around – most are thinning and sparse with patches of brown from dog urine or just general wear and tear.
  • For a fescue lawn to look great – it needs to be fertilised every 8-10 weeks. To maintain thriving warm season/drought tolerant turf in your yard – it should only need to be fertilised twice a year – once before winter and once after winter.
  • Fescue lawns require nearly double the amount of water to be sustained in our region as compared to drought tolerant, warm season grass varieties:
  • FOR EXAMPLE: to produce drought tolerant turf varieties (Buffalo, Eureka Kikuyu and Couch) on our farm, we use 6 megalitres of water per hectare. For us to produce fescue we would have to use 10 megalitres of water per hectare. To put it into perspective of how much water that really is – we could grow rice using 13 megalitres of water per hectare.

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