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Festuca Rubra subsp. commutata is also known as Chewing’s Fescue

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Festuca Rubra subsp. commutata, also known by the name Chewing’s Fescue is a species of grass.

Overview of Festuca Rubra subsp. commutata

• This is a perennial plant.
• It is found throughout Europe.
• The plant has filamentous leaves.
• It has leaf rolled in the shoot.
• It is a bunchgrass.
• It has no rhizomes.
• This grass has a very high shoot density.
• It also has a fine appearance.
• It has a high tolerance to low temperatures.
It is:
– tolerant of acidic soils
– high shade tolerance
– resistant to common turf diseases
– requires minimal water
– minimal fertilizer

Scientific Classification of Festuca Rubra subsp. commutata

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Festuca
• Species : F. rubra
• Subspecies : F. rubra subsp. commutata
• Trinomial name : Festuca rubra subsp. commutata

Growing/Caring conditions for Festuca

• 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 thoroughly.
• Clump Festuca 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 are unlikely to need fertilizer.

To care
• Conduct a soil pH test on the designated planting location.
• 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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