How to Sow Fescue


Fescue is a cool season grass that is grown primarily in the northern United States. It is more drought- and heat-tolerant than other cool season grasses so it can be grown as far south as northern Georgia successfully with proper irrigation. Fescue is adapted to a wide range of soils but thrives in clay soils with high organic matter. For successful establishment of fescue, you need a well-prepared seedbed. Sowing is done primarily in the late summer or early fall.

Step 1

Rototill the soil in the planting area to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Rake the entire area smooth with a garden rake to remove debris and stones.

Step 2

Fill up a lawn roller with water and roll the entire planting area to firm it up.

Step 3

Fill the hopper of your spreader up with fescue seed and set the dial to apply the seed at a rate of 6 to 8 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. Push the spreader across the planting area to dispense the seed. Walk paths across the planting area until the entire area is covered with seed.

Step 4

Cover the planting area with a 1/4 inch-deep layer of topsoil or mulch.

Step 5

Set up lawn sprinklers so the entire planting area receives coverage. Run them frequently enough to keep the soil moist at all times for the first 14 to 21 days. Frequency may depend on local soil and weather conditions.

Step 6

Mow the grass to 2 inches when it reaches 3 inches in height. Mow frequently enough so the grass never exceeds 3 inches in height.

Step 7

Apply lawn fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet one month after planting. Spread it with your broadcast spreader.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Garden rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Fescue grass seed
  • Topsoil or mulch
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Lawn mower
  • Lawn fertilizer


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Tall Fescue
  • Seedland: Methods of Seeding Fescue Grass Seed
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