Ultimate low input fescue with excellent shade tolerance

  • Extremely shade tolerant.
  • Good resistance to red thread under low N input regimes.
  • Dark green colour with beautiful fine leaf texture.
  • Extremely good winter hardiness and recovery in spring.
  • Drought tolerance.
  • Close mowing tolerance down to 5 mm.
  • Wide application possibilities in Europe.
  • Atlantic climate
  • Nordic climate
  • Continental climate
  • Mediterranean climate

Hardtop is a Barenbrugs top hard fescue variety for lower maintenance use in mixtures for golf and ornamental purposes. Hardtop has an outstanding ever green colour during winter for all climate zones in Europe! Both shade, low inputs, drought and (severe) coldness are no problem for Hardtop. Moreover, Hardtop proved to withstand a close mowing level of 5 mm very well, allowing to be used on golf greens as well…!


Hardtop is suitable for:

  • Home and park lawns
  • Other low maintenance landscaping areas
  • Fairways
  • (semi) Roughs
  • Golf greens
  • Surrounds / aprons
  • Turf production


Colour and leaf texture
Dark green very fine leaved variety.


Partner varieties in mixtures
Hardtop has been extensively tested in private trials at STRI UK and Hohenheim University in Germany and during several small trials in other countries like Italy, France, Poland and Russia. All trials showed the signifi cant ornamental value of Hardtop in summer and winter. STRI in Bingley (UK) showed its extraordinary value on golf greens. 

Best combinations were found with Festuca rubra spps. such as Barcrown, Viktorka and Barswing. Other combinations are with Festuca ovina tenuifolia (sheeps fescue) and Poa pratensis varieties.


Additional features


Festuca ovina
Seeds per gram
Optimal pH range
4.5 - 7.5
very low
Salt tolerance
Maintenance required
very low
Shade tolerance
very good
Water requirement
low/very low
Thatch build-up
Speed of establishment
Fineness of leaves
Self recovery capacity
Colour darkness
Green up after winter
Fusarium resistance
Resistance to dollar spot
Resistance to red thread
Less irrigation required
Less fertilizer required
Less frequent mowing possible
Cool temperature germination
Close mowing tolerance
Festuca ovina durius

Hard fescue is the most fine leaved specie. It has exceptional winterhardiness and drought and heat tolerance. It is one of the most resilient species that performs in cold and hot climates. It does well on dry soils in both sun and shade. Hard fescue is the ultimate low input specie.

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