How to Plant Fescue


Fescue is a type of cool season grass and includes species such as tall fescue, creeping red, hard fescue, chewings fescue and sheep fescue. Many people in areas of the United States and Canada plant fescue seeds in order to maintain pleasant looking grass during the winter months. Fescue is also beneficial as it is drought and shade tolerant, which makes it easy to maintain during the transitional seasons. Fescue grass seeds can be planted in large quantities in lawns to help with the transition of new grass.

Step 1

Get rid of all weeds in your lawn at least 2 weeks before you plant your fescue seeds. Use a weed killer that will help to remove the weeds quickly and not damage the rest of your lawn.

Step 2

Till the soil of the lawn, making sure it is at least 6 inches deep. It is recommended that you also perform a pH test on your soil at this time. You can have a lawn professional perform the test or purchase a pH test kit from your local garden store or online.

Step 3

Mix in the amount of fertilizer and lime that you need for your soil as determined from your pH test. However, if you don't have the test done you can mix in 50 lbs. of lime and 20 lbs. of 5-10-15 fertilizer to your soil.

Step 4

Spread a 1 inch thick layer of compost or organic material over the soil. The organic material can be dead leaves, grass clippings or manure. Rake all of the soil so that it smooth, and make sure that your remove any rock, grass or twigs.

Step 5

Scatter the seed into the soil using at least 5 to 8 lbs. per 1000 square feet. Cover the soil lightly with wheat straw after scattering the seeds.

Step 6

Add 1 inch of water to all of the seeds after planting, and then continue apply 1 inch of water each day until the seedlings are 1-1/2 inches tall. Continue adding 1/4 inch of water every 2 to 3 days for 9 days, and then add 1/2 inch of water once a week for 2 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Weed killer
  • pH test kit
  • 50 lbs. of lime
  • 20 lbs. of 5-10-15 fertilizer
  • Organic material
  • Wheat straw


  • Fescue - Planting Seed
  • Tall Fescue
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