Fescue Planting


Fescue is a cool-season grass that is grown in many states throughout the US, including southern states, transition states and up into Canada. There are many types of fescue, but the ones commonly used as lawn grass are tall fescue and fescue turf. All types of fescue stay green all year, are drought tolerant and shade tolerant. Planting fescue from seed is easy, as the grass fills in quickly.

Step 1

Prepare the soil for planting. Remove all large rocks and weeds with the rake. Till the soil well. Add three to four inches of compost or manure per square foot to the soil and work it in to a depth of four or five inches.

Step 2

Test the soil's pH and nutrient levels. Fertilize the soil with a starter fertilizer before you plant the fescue. Use 2 lbs. of starter fertilizer per 1000 square feet.

Step 3

Sprinkle the fescue seed over the prepared soil. Sprinkle about 30 to 40 seeds of fescue per square foot. Cover the seeds with ¼ inch of soil.

Step 4

Water the freshly planted fescue with one inch of water.

Step 5

Apply a thin layer of straw mulch over the newly planted fescue grass.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the surface of the soil to dry out for three weeks after you plant fescue.

Things You'll Need

  • Fescue grass seed
  • Compost or manure
  • Soil test kit
  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Straw mulch


  • Fescue for Use in Lawns & Pastures
  • Tall Fescue Lawn Management
  • Fescue

Who Can Help

  • General Seeding Rates for Fescue Grass
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.