How to Make Fescue Seed


Tall fescue is a cool-season grass introduced to the United Stated in the early 1800s, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension. Fescue is used as an ornamental grass that grows in the winter, providing a lawn with green grass year-round. Planting fescue in the winter also reduces soil erosion. Producing fescue seed is simple, although planting fescue for seed production will not yield results until the year after planting.

Step 1

Remove debris from the lawn, then till the soil down to a depth of about 4 inches to kill weeds and turn the topsoil.

Step 2

Rake the soil until it is smooth and level, or use a lawn roller to smooth the surface.

Step 3

Place the fescue seed into a seed spreader and spray the seed over the lawn at a rate of 6 to 8 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Rake the seed so it is slightly buried into the soil and ready for germination.

Step 4

Water the lawn until the soil is moist. Do this daily until the seeds begin to germinate.

Step 5

Fertilize the stalks at a rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn, a month after planting the seed.

Step 6

Mow the fescue to a height of 3 to 4 inches in the first year to encourage seed production in the following fall.

Step 7

Harvest the seed during the first two weeks of July, once the stalks turn brown in the second year. Check the seed heads by pulling on them gently. When a few seeds drop from the seed head, they are ready to harvest.

Step 8

Use a combine to harvest the fescue seed when 85 to 95 percent of the seed is mature. Performing the harvest too early will have low yields. Alternatively, mow the fescue grass, windrowed and then combined.

Step 9

Store fescue seed in a cool, dry arae free of humidity, such as a seed silo, or dry cellar. Water or light touching the fescue seed will cause them to germinate early. Avoid extreme dips and rises in temperature, as this also will cause the seed to germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Fescue seed
  • Mower
  • Seed spreader
  • Lawn roller


  • University of Missouri Extension: Seed Production of Tall Fescue and Other Cool-Season Grasses
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Tall Fescue
  • University of Arkansas: Seed Production of Tall Fescue
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