Red Fescue have the unique ability to survive drought in both shade and full sun areas, making them attractive. They are also tolerate to acidic soils, making this the only grass able to survive in the dense, dry, acidic shade beneath trees. With their low fertiliser requirements and lack of significant pests and diseases they are a good choice for low maintenance turf areas.
When dry the leaves roll inward to conserve water, however, this may make your lawn look thin, because of this reason they are usually sown as part of a mixture with other turf species. When mixed with other species they are very adaptable and they will give way to other grasses when the conditions favour those species.