How to Grow Tall Oat Grass


Tall oat grass is a perennial bunchgrass originally introduced in Europe in the 1800s, where it was a key part of the grasslands. This tall grass prefers full sun and low fertile soils. Maximum height is between 3 and 5 feet. Tall oat grass has golden leaf blades and can be found growing in meadows, fields, open spaces and roadsides. It is also highly resistant to pests like insects and diseases, making this a hardy grass.

Step 1

Store oat grass seeds in a cool and dry area after you buy them from your local home improvement store.

Step 2

Create a firm seedbed by raking the soil to a fine texture, making sure there are no large stones or rocks. Tread to firm the soil.

Step 3

Plant the seeds in the spring and in low fertile soils using a no till drill. Use the drill to dig down 1/4 inch into the soil, spaced 5 to 10 inches apart. Place 5 to 10 seeds into each hole.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist by watering the soil daily. Using a hose and water between 5 and 10 minutes per hole.

Step 5

Apply lime and fertilizer to ensure a hardy crop. Young oat grass plants have a rapid growth rate and can produce flowers within the first year of planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Seedlings
  • No till drill
  • Rake
  • Soil
  • Water


  • United States Department of Agriculture
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