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Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds

Product Size SKU Price Quantity
5 Pounds FERLB5
Price: $15.95
25 Pounds FERLB25
Price: $69.95
50 Pounds FERLB50
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 Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
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
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Advantages 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.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
Creeping Red Fescue will tolerate moderate shade and drought. It blooms from June to July.


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        fantastic ground cover for shade!


        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


          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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              Quick arrival of a quality product!


              from Washington DC

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              • 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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                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


                  Not good in heat


                  from Birmingham Alabama


                  • Came up quickly


                  • I picked the wrong grass
                  • Not good in heat

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                  • 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

                  When to Plant

                  Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring:

                  The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone, but is usually in the spring, once temperatures have reached a consistent 60 F and there is no more danger of frost. Grass can be planted through the end of July but no later. If you’re planting in the fall, wait until after there have been a few killing frosts so the seeds you plant will lie dormant until the spring.

                  Planting as a Cover Crop or Green Manure:

                  If you’re planting grasses, legumes or clover to replenish nutrients, suppress weeds or more, we recommend planting in early to mid fall. Let the grass grow until frost. Come spring, mow the grass before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

                  What Plants are Best for Cover Crops?

                  Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

                  Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

                  Planting rates, depending on the size of the seed. A larger seed (such as a Fescue) can be seeded at 10lbs/1,000 square feet. A smaller seed (such as a Bluegrass) can be seeded as low as 2lbs/1,000 square feet. To see planting rates for each individual variety, please view the following chart. If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

                  VarietyTypeCoverage 500 Ft²Coverage 1000 Ft²
                  Alsike CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Austrian Winter PeaCover Crop/Legume1 LB1 1/2 LB
                  Blue Grama GrassWarm Season2 LB4 LB
                  Buffalo GrassWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Canada Wild Rye GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Chewings Fescue Cool Season1/2 LB1 LB
                  Common VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
                  Creeping Red FescueCool Season2 LB4 LB
                  Crimson CloverCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
                  Crown VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
                  Dutch White CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Hairy VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 1/4 LB
                  Hard Fescue GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Little Bluestem GrassWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Low Work & Water Grass Mixture5 LB10 LB
                  Medium Red CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  No Mow Lawn GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB5 LB
                  Northeast Native GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Partridge PeaCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Perennial Rye GrassCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Sheep FescueCool Season 1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Short Grass Seed MixtureGrass Mixture1/2 LB1/2 LB
                  Smooth BromegrassCool Season1/2 LB1 LB
                  Southeast Native GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Switchgrass ShelterWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Tall Grass Seed MixGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Timothy GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Vernal Alfalfa Cover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  White Ladino CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
                  Winter Rye GrassCover Crop/Legume2 LB4 LB
                  Yellow Blossom CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB

                  Preparing the Area for Planting

                  We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add a product to help aerate your soil (such as LazyMan Liquid GoldTM) to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

                  Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

                  After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended seeded rate. See the back of the this guide for seeding rates. To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking North to South and 1/2 of the seed walking Easy to West.

                  If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.

                  Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum thickness of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, sterilized straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover Seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.

                  Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.

                  Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. This information can be found on our website at the specific product page. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.

                  After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

                  It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333


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