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Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds

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5 Pounds
Price: $15.95
25 Pounds
Price: $69.95
50 Pounds
Price: $129.95

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Quick Overview

Plant Creeping Red Fescue for an easy, low-maintenance ground cover. It is beneficial for erosion control and will attract wildlife to your lawn or meadow. Perennial. (Festuca rubra)
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Common Name Creeping Red Fescue
Botanical Name Festuca rubra
Plant Type/Life Cycle Perennial
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Estimated Mature Height 12-24" tall
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Time Cool Season
Ships As Seed
Coverage 90-150 lbs per acre
Seeds Per Pound 245,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Suggested Uses Groundcover, Erosion Control
Additional Information Used for a no-mow cover and erosion control. Provides a habitat for wildlife.
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada No
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Creeping Red Fescue will tolerate moderate shade and drought. It blooms from June to July.


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        fantastic ground cover for shade!

        By scarlett

        from portland, or


        • Bright green color
        • lots of coverage
        • Low Maintenance
        • Soft under foot


          Best Uses

          • Erosion control
          • Lousy Soil
          • Shade Ground Cover
          • Weed control

          Comments about Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

          shortly after spreading the seeds, i had a bright green carpet of ground cover that has remained lush and vibrant all summer. i planted these in a six foot strip of land between two houses in lousy soil that gets very little sun -- i can't tell you how many neighbors have asked me about it.

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          has done well

          By TC

          from Rocky Mount, NC


          • Makes A Nice Lawn


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              Comments about Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

              Creeping Red Fescue makes a great lawn. It takes time to get established but once it does, it is wonderful. It has done well here in the midsouth (NC) and stays green when other grasses have browned up. Establishes better when limed and liquid fertilizer to get it started.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


              Quick arrival of a quality product!

              By Do it yourselfer

              from Washington DC

              Verified Reviewer


              • Grew In Shade
              • Very Clean Seed


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                  Comments about Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

                  I do wish I had added a little hardier seed with the red fescue, as I had read somewhere. It did come up well and thickened up in a few months but the blades are thinly constructed and might hold up better over winter and in high traffic areas with some other grass added.. I will just have to see how it looks next spring. It might be fine.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


                  Not good in heat

                  By Richard the learner

                  from Birmingham Alabama


                  • Came up quickly


                  • I picked the wrong grass
                  • Not good in heat

                  Best Uses

                  • Ground cover

                  Comments about Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

                  I was trying to get a green lawn area in my side yard. This spot does not get a ton of sun. The grass came in GREAT!!! It was nice and green for a few weeks. The heat has been pretty rough. The grass was getting watered every day. It now has all but disappeared. I will research and see if there is something else I need to try.

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                  How-To Guides

                  A Guide to Planting Grass & Groundcover Seeds

                  Crimson Clover SeedOften as the growing season slows and we have been enjoying the fruits of our labor we forget to give back to the garden. We pull plants when they stop producing and leave the garden untouched until it is time for the fall yard cleanup. We rake leaves, pickup sticks and maybe till some leaves and compost into the garden to “put it to bed”. But what about that period of time between when you pulled your plants and you get to the traditional fall work? The weather has chilled, and the length of time is too short to plant anything else, so what can be done to help prepare the garden for the spring? Be proactive and increase soil fertility without promoting weed growth; Plant a Green Manure!

                  Canada Wild Rye GrassFor years farmers have been rotating their crops and planting “Green Manures” or “Cover Crops” in their fallow fields. Green Manures are plant varieties which help to replenish nutrients to the soil that your plants have used to grow and produce throughout the season. They store or “fix” these nutrients into the soil, or themselves, and then are turned into the garden early in the spring. Use of green manures can drastically reduce or even eliminate the use of fertilizers in the spring. But that’s not it! Other positive benefits of cover crops include: weed suppression, creating a habitat for pollinators and beneficial predatory insects, keeping the soil from becoming compacted or eroding, and some varieties have extremely deep roots which tap into nutrients deep in the soil and bring them to the surface.

                  So what plants make the best Green Manures? The list is extensive, but below are some of the better known varieties.

                  The Legume Family is one of the widest used Green Manures. This consists of many different types of clover, peas, vetch, and others. They contain symbiotic bacteria in their root system which fix nitrogen in a form plants can use. Bean and Pea varieties are also legumes, and the idea of successive planting of crops needing nitrogen rich soil in the area previously inhabited by them reflects the same concept of Green Manures and how to use a plant’s natural characteristics to your benefits. Other commons not in the Legume Family include Rye, with its deep roots and hearty characteristics, great at withstanding colder temperatures and decreasing erosion, as well as buckwheat and sorghum.

                  Planting Green Manures is easy and though each type has some differences in how it is “harvested,” they generally follow these easy steps:

                  Hairy Vetch

                  1. Plant Early-Mid Fall

                  2. Let grow. Some heartier varieties will slow in colder temperatures, and then resume growth in the early spring and others will die back.

                  3. Come spring, mow down before it goes to seed and then till into the soil.

                  4. Always wait 3-6 weeks after tilling to plant your new crops. This allows time for the nutrients to be released into the soil through decomposition. Also, in the case of cover crops like Rye, the compounds which keep other seeds from germinating (one of its benefits when in use) will then no longer be present in the soil.

                  Now do you “Fallow”?

                  Green Manures/Cover Crops can be as simple or complex as you want to make them. You can mix varieties and calculate the exact amount of max nitrogen output per square foot or just scatter some clover and have a beautiful green carpet. Naturally give back to your garden and its habitat to keep it healthy and producing so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come!

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