How to Grow Creeping Meadow Foxtail


Creeping meadow foxtail is usually grown for livestock forage, though it is useful in erosion control along ditches and other waterways. It survives periods of drought and excessive moisture well and quickly grows back if cut down or foraged. This tall grass with its flower spikes at the top is propagated through seed planting. It does well in both warm and cold temperatures and spreads via rhizome production and seeds. It also grows in many soil conditions, even where other forage grasses won't grow.

Step 1

Plant foxtail in the spring after the ground has thawed or eight weeks before the first frost in fall so the roots have a chance to become established. Planting over winter is possible, but the seeds will not germinate until spring.

Step 2

Prepare the planting area. Weed thoroughly, then pack the soil down firmly using a lawn roller. Water the day before planting to ensure the soil is moist.

Step 3

Plant seeds a quarter inch deep in the soil. Plant 50 seeds per square foot.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist. Rhizomes emerge at eight weeks and then foxtail begins growing rapidly.

Step 5

Apply a high nitrogen fertilizer beginning in the second year. Use fertilizer with a herbicide if weeds are a problem.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check with your local extension office before planting. Creeping foxtail is considered a noxious plant in some areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn roller
  • Fertilizer


  • USDA
Keywords: creeping meadow foxtail, planting forage, erosion control

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