Which Fescue creates the fairest rough?
Festuca Arundinacea, Tall Fescue
- While more heat tolerant, tall fescue actually needs more water than the Bermuda grass used at Augusta. It may need as much as two waterings a day to establish in high heat areas!
- California’s drought brings out tall fescue’s true colors – and they are not all shades of green! Weeds readily volunteer in high water areas, and keeping the brown at bay requires copious amounts of irrigated water even in well-established areas.
- Tall fescue handles foot traffic well in winter, spring and fall but loses its resilience in the heat of summer, just as golfers hit the courses.
Festuca Californica, California Fescue
- Quickly becomes hardy, even in drought
- Thrives under Coast live oaks, a nice fairway pairing
- Comes in five distinct colors ranging from chalky blue to grey-green
- Maintains a consistent foliage color year round, particularly cultivars of the silvery varieties
- Can be mowed or left long
- Attracts birds with its seed heads and silvery blades
L.A.’s fairways could be lined with silvery blue rivers shaded by expansive canopies of Coast live oak. If we add intoxicatingly fragrant and eye-catching cornflower blue of Salvia cleavelandi, spikes of Juncus and fuchsia Hummingbird sage, Augusta’s rough envy might just bring out an entirely new shade of green!