The role of grasses in conservation practices has been acknowledged for many years. Annual grasses are among the first invaders of newly disturbed land areas, and quickly provide cover and roots to hold exposed soil in place. Tall fescue has been widely recognized as a valuable conservation plant. The primary reasons for its wide use as a conservation plant are its low growth habit, its wide adaptation to a variety of soil and climatic conditions (see Chapter 3), and its tolerance to traffic (see Chapter 26).


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