How to Mix Bermuda Grass With Fescue


Bermuda and fescue grasses are common varieties to plant on a lawn, and are especially beneficial when you need to overseed. As a warm season variety, Bermuda grass goes dormant in the winter months, turning brown. Since fescue is a cool season grass, this variety thrives green and lush from fall all the way through spring. When Bermuda is mixed with fescue for planting, it produces a maintained, consistently healthy and green lawn year-round.

Step 1

Use around 5 lbs. of equal parts Bermuda and fescue grass seed for every 1,000 square feet of planting soil.

Step 2

Fill the hopper of a seed-spreader with the mixed grass seed and follow the directions for each grass seed when figuring out the hopper settings.

Step 3

Roll the spreader slowly over the prepared soil surface, which needs to be prepped about a day before seeding, at a consistent walking pace. Starting at one edge of the lawn, lay the seed back and forth in parallel rows over the planting area, making even lines around the edges. After the first completion, repeat it one more time to layer the seed thickly at a 90-degree angle. This will ensure even coverage.

Step 4

Touch up bare spots manually that appear while the lawn is growing with the same mixture of fescue and bermuda grass. This will make sure you have a consistently filled in lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Bermuda grass seed
  • Fescue grass seed
  • Drop or broadcast spreader


  • Ohio State University: Grass Cultivar Selection
  • North Carolina State University: Overseeding
Keywords: bermuda grass, fescue grass, overseeding

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