How to Seed Fescue


Fescue grass is commonly used as a turf grass in high traffic areas. It has a deep root system and is drought and disease tolerant. Fescue prefers full sun to partial shade yards. It does require heavy watering during extreme heat in areas with poor drainage. Fescue seeds can be seeded over existing grass to improve the quality of lawn or used to start new lawn.

Step 1

Till the yard to a depth of 6 inches. Rake the soil so that it is smooth and even.

Step 2

Add grass seed to the seed spreader. Slowly push the seed spreader across the yard for an even spread of seeds. Spread the seed at a rate of 5 pounds of seed per every 1000 square feet.

Step 3

Spread straw over the grass seed. Straw helps maintain moisture and prevents the seeds from blowing away or being damaged.

Step 4

Set the sprinkler so that it evenly waters the yard. Larger yards may require multiple sprinklers or that a single sprinkler be moved. Water the yard for thirty minutes in the early morning after the initial seeding.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Seed spreader
  • Straw
  • Sprinkler


  • Fescue Care
  • Planting Fescue
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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.