J-5 won’t fade in the shade. J-5 works well with shaded landscape areas. But don’t forget, a higher cutting height (>1.5 in.) is recommended in the shade to prevent thatch buildup.
Early Spring Greenup:
J-5 has a dark green fine textured appearance making it a great choice amongst chewings fescues. J-5 breaks winter dormancy and greens up early in the spring for increased aesthetic value.
One of our “hands off” varieties, J-5 does well under non-mowed conditions and ranked #1 in the California and Illinois NTEP trial for non-mowed quality. J-5 also does well on low pH (4.5-8) soils and typically infertile sites. Disease and Pest Resistance: Diseases won’t get J-5 down. It has demonstrated good resistance to Red Thread, and Poa annua won’t push J-5 around since it’s resistant to encroachment.
Looking for that Scottish links look? J-5 is it, with its bunchy appearance and attractive foliage making it well suited for golf roughs. J-5 can be seeded at a lower 4 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. rate and blended with hard and sheep fescues to increase the clumpy look popular in roughs. Fairway fertilizer and watering should be avoided as the clumpy look is best when the grass is “hungry”.
J-5’s recommended seeding rate is 4-8 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. (20-40 g/m2) for new establishment, and 2-4 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. (10-20 g/m2) for overseeding.