How to Till & Reseed Fescue


Fescue is a cool-season grass that comes in three turf types--red fescue, tall fescue and hard fescue--according to the website of the University of California, Davis. They are all well adapted to cool climates and do well in the shade, although each variety has different heat and maintenance requirements. If your fescue lawn is not growing well, you can till it and reseed it for a better performance. A soil test will show you why your fescue is performing badly in the first place.

Step 1

Test your soil for any problems. If fertility is a problem, you can amend your soil before you reseed the fescue. Determine the amount of amendments needed for your lawn.

Step 2

Till the fescue lawn to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Pull up any weeds by the roots. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost to the soil for added richness and work it in to the soil to a depth of 3 inches. Add any other soil amendments that may be necessary, such as lime for acidic soil or sulfur for alkaline soil. Till the starter fertilizer into the soil as well.

Step 3

Sprinkle the seed over the tilled soil. Sprinkle about 6 to 8 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet of soil. Make sure the seed is evenly distributed.

Step 4

Rake a quarter-inch of soil over the seed and run over it with a roller to push the seed into the soil.

Step 5

Water the soil until it is moist. Keep the soil moist until the fescue is 2 inches tall. Water deeply twice weekly after that.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant fescue in the summer as it will be too hot for it to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Soil test
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Roller


  • University of Calofornia, Davis: Turf Types
  • University of Oklahoma: Seeding/Reseeding Fescue Lawns
  • University of Georgia: Seeding Tall Fescue Lawns
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.