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Step by Step Method on How to Grow Fescue Grass

Step by Step Method on How to Grow Fescue Grass
14th August 2012 Lawn UK

Fescue grass is actually a broad-spectrum term which encompasses many types of grasses that are native to your Europe and well accustomed to its climate. Although it has been exported to numerous countries across the globe, it adapts well to moderate climate and temperatures, where the heat and the snow don’t burn the grass blades.

The Fescue grasses are characterized as very durable, long, lush and drought resistant and for these reasons, it is the best type of grass for grazing pastures as well as for ornamental landscaping of large areas. The beneficial aspect of this type of grass is that it adapts well to different kinds of soil types; furthermore, it grows equally well in both sunny and shady areas. Also, the fescue grass develops into a dense covering which helps in choking out the weeds.

While it does thrive when provided with ample water, it can also survive in drought periods which makes it the best choice in grass types. The fescue grass can be planted in the form of sod or grass plugs like other grasses; however, generally this type of grass is best sown in the form of seed and it is also commonly available in the form of grass seed.

These were the general characteristics of the fescue grass; now let’s learn the step by step method of how this grass can be sown.

1.        The time to sow holds a lot of importance for any kind of seedling that has to be planted in the soil. The fescue grass germinates and grows best when planted in the fall months, preferably September. Although spring generally has similar temperatures, you never know what kind of summers are around the corner; September is therefore advised for its sowing.

2.       Determine the area of your lawn, and work out how much seed you need. Seed should be applied at 70g per square metre.

3.       The area where the grass seeds have to be sown has to be watered heavily for several days prior to the seeding. This allows the water to reach deep inside making the soil soft. Running an aerator over the soil will become much easier. However, make sure that the soil gets time to dry up a little and the area is not all muddy when your run the aerator.

4.       Before sowing, you need to prepare the soil so that it properly welcomes the seed and provides amiable conditions for germinating. Make use of the garden machines that can be rented – choose a mechanical aerator machine or a slit seeding machine. Check the weather forecast for the week, pick a day and then book the machine a day before so that you can make use of your complete morning to plant the seeds. For smaller lawns a Garden Weasel will also do; it will also give you the much needed exercise.

5.       It is advisable to use a seed spreader to ensure that the seeds are scattered easily onto the soil. Again, there are different kinds of seed spreaders and you don’t need to rent a very fancy one, if you don’t want to. Make sure you move backwards from your lawn while you are spreading the seeds. The seeds should come in contact with the soil but not get buried too deep. You can scatter some grass clippings over the seeds so that they don’t get blown away with high winds.

6.       Water, water and water. For the next couple of weeks, you will need to keep the newly seeded area very moist. But watch out for the newly germinated plants as they can get drowned in too much water, so moisten the area extensively until the seeds start to germinate.

7.       While the new grass is gaining height, make sure the fall leaves don’t keep any areas covered as the new blades need the sunlight to make their carbohydrate reserves for the summer. Allow them space and sunlight to grow until they are well established; and that means staying off the lawn yourself as well.

8.       Lastly, mow your lawn once the grass blades exceed the length of 2 ½ inches and then scrape away the fallen clippings.


Follow these instructions to grow lush and beautiful fescue grass in your lawn.

1 Comment

  1. Lindy Mcerlain 3 years ago

    I have two areas of difficulty.

    One is the deep shade side ( has a watering system ) I re turfed this last year with shady grass but it failed this winter and an area under a large copper Beech again has watering system but grass has failed.

    I constantly reseeded during last summer and Autumn in both areas and netted the areas but despite this both areas did not take the grass long term. I read about your Fescue grass and wondered if this might work.

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