How to Plant Fescue Grass Seed


Fescue grass is a common grass used in lawns, golf courses and pastures. It is a highly nutritional grass for livestock and is often used as feed for horses. Fescue grass is also used to help prevent soil erosion. There are more than 300 varieties of fescue. They are easy to seed and easy to maintain, and can produce a lush green lawn. Fescue is a low-maintenance grass that usually reaches heights of 8 to 12 inches.

Step 1

Prepare the soil before you sow the fescue seed. Rent an aerator or a dethatcher from your local equipment outlet. Both machines will penetrate the soil 2 to 3 inches down while not disturbing the existing grass. Go over the lawn several times until you can count approximately 10 holes per square foot of soil. The soil should be moist, so you should irrigate at least two days beforehand.

Step 2

Mow the grass just before you sow your fescue seed. Mow to a height of approximately 2 to 3 inches. This will help the seed fall down into the soil.

Step 3

Use a spreader to spread 3 to 5 pounds of fescue seed for every 1,000 square feet of area. Too little seed will leave the area patchy. Too much seed will make the area dense and increase the need for water. Excess moisture can cause disease and destroy your grass.

Step 4

Drag the newly sown seed with a rake or a section of chain link fence. This will help spread the seed evenly and will break apart any aerator cores that remain on top of the ground. Dragging the area will also cover the seed with soil.

Step 5

Spread a layer of hay or straw lightly over the newly seeded area. This will help prevent the seeds from blowing or washing away.

Step 6

Water the seed immediately with an inch of water. This will help the seed fall into the ground and provide moisture for germination. Water your seeds daily with an inch of water until you begin to see new seedlings. Then water the area with 1/4 inch of water every day for 10 days. Once the grass has been established, you can water it once a week with at least an inch of water. It is best to water you grass early in the morning. Allowing the grass to dry before night will lessen the risk of disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Aerator
  • Dethatcher
  • Hay
  • Water
  • Sprinkler
  • Fescue seed
  • Mower
  • Rake
  • Chain link fence


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Melanie Hammontree is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and has been writing since 2004. Works include publications with "Hall County Crime Examiner," "Player's Press" and "The Gainesville Times." Hammontree has a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.