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HILLSIDE EROSION CONTROL™ - Fine Fescue and Wildflower Mixture

HILLSIDE EROSION CONTROL™ - Fine Fescue and Wildflower Mixture

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HILLSIDE EROSION CONTROL™ - Fine Fescue/Wildflower Mixture

An elite blend of three types of fine fescues (Creeping Red, Chewings and Hard) combined with low growing wildflowers. It exhibits a very fine, almost wiry texture. It can be mowed or left unmowed to produce a very appealing ground cover or meadow. When left unmowed it will grow to a full mature height of 12-18 inches. It has a broad geographical adaptation from deserts through northern climates with excellent cold tolerance.

Characteristics
Features

Long, slender leaf blades
Heat and cold tolerant
Shade tolerant
Good seed head production
Establishes Quickly

Benefits
Attractive as slope or ground cover
Wide range of adaptability
Adaptability to sun/shade
Excellent aesthetics


Uses
Hillside Erosion Control™ is a natural for use as a mowed turf or left unmowed for a natural, wispy ground cover with attractive seed heads.
• Ground Cover  Slopes • Medians • Golf Courses • Erosion Control • Roadsides

Seeding Rates
5-7 pounds per 1,000 square feet or 200-300 pounds per acre.
Rates are determined by the density of stand desired and whether the application is new or overseed.

Establishment
Emergence: 3-5 days under optimum temperature range between 68-86 °F, longer under cooler temperatures. Under normal conditions establishment can be expected in 14-21 days.

HILLSIDE EROSION CONTROL™ Fine Fescue/Wildflower Mixture

61% Creeping Red Fescue
20% Chewings Fescue
15% Hard Fescue
4% Low Profile Wildflower Mixture

98% Minimum purity
90% Minimum germination
500,000 seeds per pound

CULTURAL INFORMATION

Water Requirements
Frequent, light watering is necessary for seed to germinate and become established. Fine Fescues are cool season (C3) grasses. Once the grass becomes established it has the ability to withstand summer drought conditions under reduced irrigation schedules. For landscape professionals that use irrigation systems and calculations, fine fescues in this blend can be irrigated at up to 50% of average ETo (Reference Evapotranspiration) rates. Specific information on Turfgrass irrigation schedules and ETo rates can be found at:


      • http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanHort/       • http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1195.pdf       • http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8395.pdf


General irrigation guidelines dictate that turf should be watered in early morning hours and that about 3/4 of an inch of water should be applied but not to the point of runoff.


Climate Conditions
Fine fescues are suitable to all climate conditions. Water usage is lowest in coastal climates with highest use in desert regions. Once it becomes established it can withstand periods of increased heat and drought.

Soil Conditions
Fine fescues prefer well drained soil (clay or sandy) with a pH of 5.5 to 8.5.

Fertilization
Use of a starter fertilizer when seeding is highly recommended. After establishment fertilize during periods of active growth in Spring and Fall with a balanced fertilizer such as Gro-Power 5-3-1 at 15 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Avoid using products with a high nitrogen (N) content as such use increases water usage. Apply no more than 4 pounds of N per 1,000 square feet per year.

Mowing 
Fine Fescues can be mowed or left unmowed for a natural appearance with seed heads. If being mowed it can withstand heights as low as 1/2 inch. Never mow more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at one time.

 

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