(Edited from AP) Lawn lovers looking to do less yard work might consider converting to fine fescue grass. Proven blends require little or no mowing, scorn fertilizers, defy drought, thrive in shade, remain green through the growing season and provide a comforting cushion for bare feet.

“This is not the result of developing a new hybrid. It’s done by using different combinations of native grasses,” said Neil Diboll, a landscape designer and president of Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wis., who began marketing an assortment of six “No Mow” fescues about 10 years ago.

(Edited from AP) Lawn lovers looking to do less yard work might consider converting to fine fescue grass. Proven blends require little or no mowing, scorn fertilizers, defy drought, thrive in shade, remain green through the growing season and provide a comforting cushion for bare feet.

“This is not the result of developing a new hybrid. It’s done by using different combinations of native grasses,” said Neil Diboll, a landscape designer and president of Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wis., who began marketing an assortment of six “No Mow” fescues about 10 years ago.

“It’s a bit more expensive than your typical lawn seed, but you’ll save in the long run through less maintenance and upkeep,” Diboll said. “It’s great in sand and rocky soils and it’s a low-nutrient feeder. The best way to kill a fescue lawn is to fertilize it.”

Early fall is the optimum time to give your lawn a facelift. Concentrate on soil preparation if you’re using fescues, though, because they don’t compete well with weeds, which grow much faster.

Yet fine fescues are not the easy-care lawn solution for everyone. They’re a cool-weather grass, and don’t do well in the hot, humid growing conditions of the Deep South.

They also dislike damp soils. Fine fescues don’t care much for heavy traffic, either. “If you’ve got three kids and two dogs, don’t buy it,” said Bill Sloey, a retired botany professor from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

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