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Festuca Occidentalis is a species of grass that belongs to the family Poaceae




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Festuca Occidentalis, also known by the name Western Fescue is a species of grass that belongs to the family Poaceae.

Overview of Festuca Occidentalis

Festuca occidentalis is native to:
– much of the northern half of North America
– most widely distributed in the west

It is most often found in:
– forest habitat
– woodland habitat
• This fescue is a bunch grass.
• It is densely or loosely clumping grass.
• It has very thin stems.
• It can grow up to a height of 1m.
• The leaves are soft.
• They can grow up to a length of about 25 centimeters.
• They are somewhat hairlike.
• The inflorescence has 1 or 2 very thin branches.
• They bear spikelets.
• These are about 6 to 12 millimeters in length.
• There have no rhizomes.

Scientific Classification of Festuca Occidentalis

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Festuca
• Species : F. occidentalis
• Binomial name : Festuca occidentalis

Growing/Caring conditions

• Dig a hole with a spade.
• It should be deep enough for the plant’s roots to fit into.
• The crown of the grass should be level with the surface of the soil.
• The hole should be twice as wide as its depth.
• Take the grass from its container.
• Loosen the roots so they will fill the hole.
• Then lower the clump into the ground.
• Fill the hole with soil.
• Press it firmly to remove pockets of air.
• Water the Festuca glauca thoroughly.
• Clump Festuca glauca plants.
• Space them about 8 to 10 inches apart.
• Clump them on the area which you want to cover.
• This will help in forming a ground cover.
• Ornamental grasses like Festuca glauca are unlikely to need fertilizer.

To care
• Conduct a soil pH test on the designated planting location.
• Blue festuca grass prefers a soil pH range of 6.5 to 7.0.
• Add lime to acidic soil to alkaline soil.
• Even sulfur can be added.
• Spread two inches of compost on the soil.
• Work the compost to about 3 inches of soil using a tiller.
• Eradicate weeds by hand pulling.
• Dig a hole.
• The size should to 2 times the size of the root ball.
• It should be about 1/8-inch deep.
• Put the plant in the soil and cover with soil properly.
• This is to ensure that the base is minimized of air pockets.
• Fertilize in the spring and fall.
• Use a balanced granular fertilizer.
• Apply an all purpose fertilizer which has an NPK amount of 8-8-8.
• Spread the fertilizer at the base.
• Water thoroughly.
• Prune away the foliage using a bypass shears.
• Allow the plant to dry out in between watering.
• Spacing allows adequate air circulation.
• This helps in reduction of fungal diseases.
• Monitor powdery mildew and root rot.
• Eradicate any diseased areas and any infected foliage.





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