How to Produce Fescue Seed

Overview

Fescue is a cool-season grass introduced in the United States and Europe in the early 1800s, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension. It is used as a grazing food for cattle and other livestock but also is widely accepted as a subtle ornamental grass. Fescue seed production requires clipping and the proper fertilizer application in the very late fall or early winter for the best seed production, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Sewing your own fescue seed ensures a constant supply of seeds annually.

Step 1

Till the soil of the field to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.

Step 2

Smooth the surface of the soil using the grading device.

Step 3

Spray the soil with fescue seed using a mechanical spreader. The University of Missouri suggests applying at a rate of 6 to 8 lbs. of seed per 1,000 sq. ft. Rake the seed into the soil.

Step 4

Apply water daily at light intervals to keep the soil moist. Continue this for two to three weeks until the seeds germinate.

Step 5

Spread fertilizer at 1 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. after the fescue seed is in place for a month. Apply another two applications over the summer and fall.

Step 6

Harvest the fescue plant to collect seeds once the stalks turn brown in the fall. Mow the fescue to a height of 3 to 4 inches to ensure a new production of seed in the next year.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Mechanical grader
  • Seed spreader
  • Fescue seed
  • Nitrogen based fertilizer
  • Combine

References

  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service: Seed Production of Tall Fescue
  • University of Texas Cooperative Extension: Tall Fescue
  • University of MIssouri Extension: Seed Production of Tall Fescue and Other Cool Season Grasses
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