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How to Produce Your Own Fescue Seed

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Overview

Fescue grass thrives in many areas of the United States. Various types of fescue prefer the cooler climates in the northern states, while other varieties flourish in the coastal states. This widely adaptable grass provides erosion control in many areas and is also used as feed for livestock. Many homeowners and landscapers use fescue grass in yards and parks. Fescue easily establishes in favorable conditions from seed plantings. You can grow your own fescue grass for seed harvesting.

Step 1

Remove any existing vegetation from your selected planting site. Pull out large plants and shrubs. Till the soil with a tractor or use a garden tiller to loosen soil in small areas. Rake up all weeds and plants with a sturdy garden rake. Pull out any plants remaining in the soil.

Step 2

Apply a commercial herbicide to the cleared soil. Select an herbicide formulated for use with your type of fescue grass seed. Apply the herbicide to the planting site, following the manufacturer's directions. Do not apply the herbicide on a windy day or before an expected rain. Wait for a dry, calm day to cover the planting site with your selected herbicide.

Step 3

Plant your fescue seed in the early fall. Use a seed broadcaster and evenly distribute the seed across the prepared soil. Rake the seed into the surface of the soil with your garden rake. Lightly moisten the soil after planting. Keep the seedbed slightly damp for the first 14 to 21 days after planting.

Step 4

Fertilize your fescue grass about one month after planting. Use a nitrogen fertilizer and disburse at the rate of 1 pound per 1,000 square feet of soil.

Step 5

Harvest your fescue seed when mature seed heads appear on the majority of your grass plants. This normally occurs during the first two weeks in July. Check for maturity by pulling the seed head between your thumb and forefinger. If the seed shatters easily, it is ready to harvest. Use a swather or combine for harvesting large areas of fescue seed. Alternately, use a lawn mower with a grass catcher to harvest small amounts of fescue seed. Separate the seed from the grass clippings by sorting through the bagged cuttings.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid harvesting your fescue seed when it is damp.

Things You'll Need

  • Tractor or garden tiller
  • Rake
  • Herbicide
  • Fescue seed
  • Seed broadcaster
  • Fertilizer
  • Swather or combine
  • Lawn mower with grass catcher

References

  • Texas A&M University: Tall Fescue
  • University of Arkansas: Seed Production of Tall Fescue
  • University of Montana: Tall Fescue
Keywords: growing fescue seed, grass seed, harvest seed

About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.

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