Drought Tolerant Fescue

Black Beauty Turfgrass varieties are a more drought resistant grass and are less disease prone than any other grass varieties previously available.

Black Beauty Turfgrasses possess an invisible waxy coating covering the leaf surface of each grass blade.

This protective coating is very similar to the natural, waxy layer that causes an apple to shine and helps to preserve the moisture inside the fruit, making it a naturally drought resistant grass.


After establishment, Black Beauty drought resistant grass needs approximately 1 inch of water per week, either from natural rainfall or irrigation. In shady areas this grass will not need as much water. However, for soils with heavy sand content, it’s possible that the grass will need more than 1 inch per week because the soil won’t hold enough moisture.


Black Beauty requires a low to medium nitrogen application with 2-4 pounds per 1000 square feet of actual Nitrogen per year in most situations. This amount should be separated into three applications throughout the growing season. Please talk with your turf supplier for proper fertilization instructions.


During the more aggressive growing months, this grass needs to be mowed once every 1 to 2 weeks.  The prime growing/mowing height is between 2“ and 3″.  Remember that you should not cut more than 1/3 of a grass blade off in any one mowing, in order to minimize the stress on the grass. For best results, be sure the mower blade is sharp each time you mow to avoid damage to the blades of turf.

Black Beauty Benefits:

  • Waxy coating preserves moisture in the leaf, resulting in superior drought tolerance.
  • Black Beauty is very shade tolerant and performs better than fine fescues in fertile soil.
  • Black Beauty grass varieties are very resistant to leaf rust disease.
  • Black Beauty will not shred or tear.
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