How to Plant Fescue in a Lawn


Fescue grass is a cool season plant, and there are about 100 different species, according to the Texas Cooperative Extension. Fescue used in lawns is of a clumping variety, used for its weather resistance, thick growth and easy care. Growing fescue is possible in a wide array of soil types and weather conditions. Fescue can be planted with existing grass to patch thin areas or to establish a new lawn altogether.

Step 1

Rake the lawn with a dethatching tool if the lawn has less than a 50 percent coverage of fescue to clear the soil for the new seed. If the lawn has more than 50 percent fescue coverage, a core aerator should be used to remove plugs of dirt from the lawn. This increases grass seed success by relieving compacted soil and improving water drainage.

Step 2

Spread three to five pounds of fescue seed per 1,000 square feet using a seed spreader, recommends Walter Reeves, retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturalist.

Step 3

Drag a chain link fence section over the lawn to break up aerator cores and to cover the seeds with soil.

Step 4

Spread a thin layer of straw over bare patches in the lawn to protect the seed from heat and to retain moisture.

Step 5

Apply one inch of water immediately after planting the seed, recommends Walter Reeves. Continue applying water daily so that the top half an inch of soil stays moist until the seedlings are one and a half inches tall. Continue soaking with a quarter an inch of water every third day for nine days, then give the fescue half an inch of water every five days for two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Fescue grass seed
  • Dethatching tool
  • Core aerator
  • Mower
  • Seed spreader
  • Water
  • Section of chain link fence
  • Straw


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Tall Fescue
  • North Carolina State University: Spring Seeding Tall Fescue
  • Walter Reeves: Fescue
Keywords: fescue grass, fescue grass planting, fescue grass establishment

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