How to Care for Fescue Seed


Fescue is a common type of cool-season grass. Cool-season grasses prefer the cool temperatures of spring and autumn; they decline easily in summer heat. There are many different varieties of fescue grass on the market today, compared to what was available in years past. To obtain a thick and lush fescue lawn, you must properly care for fescue seed before it germinates. This involves seeding properly and maintaining proper moisture in the soil. Otherwise you'll receive spotty germination at best and probably more weeds than grass.

Step 1

Prepare the seeding area for the fescue grass. Rototill the area to a depth of 3 to 4 inches and roll to firm the seedbed.

Step 2

Pour your starter fertilizer into the broadcast spreader and set the dial on the broadcast spreader to the setting indicated on the fertilizer bag. Spread the fertilizer over the entire seeding area.

Step 3

Pour your fescue grass seed into the broadcast spreader. Set the dial to the setting indicated on the grass-seed bag. Typically new fescue lawns are seeded at the rate of 6 to 8 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. Spread the grass seed over the seeding area with the broadcast spreader.

Step 4

Rake the seeding area gently to work the grass seed and fertilizer into the top 1/8 inch of soil. You can also spread a thin layer of compost or soil over the top of the seeding area, but it should not be any deeper than 1/4 inch.

Step 5

Set up your lawn sprinklers and water your lawn two to three times per day for five to ten minutes per watering. Check to see that the seedbed is staying moist at all times and adjust the frequency accordingly. You don't want it to be too soggy or too dry.

Step 6

Decrease the watering frequency after 14 to 21 days. You want to gradually work toward deep, infrequent watering. You'll be putting down 1 inch of water per week over one to two waterings. Check the amount you're using with a pan and adjust the duration of watering accordingly.

Step 7

Mow your fescue grass to 2 inches when it reaches 3 inches in height. Keep mowing often enough that the grass doesn't exceed 3 inches. You don't want to remove more than one-third of the grass blade at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden rake
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Fescue seed
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose


  • Pike Nurseries: Fescue Care
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Tall Fescue
Keywords: fescue seed, fescue grass, fescue lawn

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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.