How to Kill Fescue Grass in Lawns


Fescue is a type of grass that grows primarily in cooler regions, such as the Northern United States and Canada. Because fescue tends to grow in clumpy patches, grows rapidly and is considered high maintenance, it may be desirable to eliminate fescue grass from your lawn in order to allow lower maintenance grass to grow. Killing fescue grass in your lawn is a simple process that does not require additional gardening or landscaping skills.

Step 1

Hand-pull patches of fescue grass in your lawn that are taller than 5 inches, and dispose of them in a plastic trash bag or compost bin.

Step 2

Spread newspaper over the patches of fescue grass that you wish to eliminate.

Step 3

Weigh down the newspaper with bricks or heavy weights.

Step 4

Leave in place for two weeks. The newspaper will kill fescue grass without the use of harsh chemicals that could damage the soil for desirable plantings after fescue has been eliminated.

Step 5

Spot-check the targeted areas on a weekly basis to ensure no new fescue growth is detected. If necessary, hand-pull new fescue growth and dispose of it into plastic bags or compost bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bags
  • Newspaper
  • Brick (or heavy weight)


  • Fescue Grass
  • Killing Fescue Grass
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