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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)

Zones 1 - 7
Advantages
Groundcover
Groundcover
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
SKU FER
Creeping Red Fescue will tolerate moderate shade and drought. It blooms from June to July.
Associated SKUs
FER
FERLB5 (5 Pounds)
FERLB25 (25 Pounds)
FERLB50 (50 Pounds)
Common Name Creeping Red Fescue
Botanical Name Festuca rubra
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Grass Type Cool Season
Ships As Seed
Coverage 5 lbs covers aprox. 1,000 sq. ft.
25 lbs covers 5,000 sq. ft.
50 lbs covers 10,000 sq. ft.
Seeds Per Pound 245,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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 Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Download our printable Grass Planting Guide, with Seeding Rates.

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Getting Started: 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 before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

Which plants are best for cover crops?

Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates vary 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 chart on the back page of this guide.

If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

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 Gold™) to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

Step-By-Step Planting Instructions

Medium Red Clover
Medium Red Clover helps add nutrients to soil.
  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended 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 east to west.
  2. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.
  3. 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 depth 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.
  4. 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 deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Further Reading:

Most orders ship within 48 hours or less.

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American MeadowsCreeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Lawn (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quick arrival of a quality product!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not good in heat

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...Read complete review

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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the Green

By 

from Monroe, NC

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Store

    Best Uses

    • Lawn

    Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

    This was the second season which I ordered a 50# bag of creeping red fescue.The seed make a beautiful lush green lawn. It does better in an area that has some shade. I have a two acre lawn and I am working toward having my entire yard with the creeping red fescue.

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    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect

    By 

    from Sparks-Glencoe, Md

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • So easy
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Easy Peasy

    Best Uses

    • Erosion Control Areas
    • Hillsides
    • Lawn

    Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

    I had a barn wash out of a hillside during heavy rains in the spring. My property has a lot of varying slope. Perfect for beauty and erosion control Creeping red fescue, took hold fast and no maintenance could not be happier.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Germination

    By 

    from Westport CT

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Hardy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Lawn

      Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

      Mostly I use this seed to fill in bare spots around my property. As long as it does not dry out (especially after sprouting) a high percentage of the seed grows. I never see such high percentage with local store bought seed. Sometimes the local seed does not put up a single blade of grass. So, if you want a good take buy your seed here and keep watering it.

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      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty grass

      By 

      from virginia

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

          I wanted to cover parts of my septic area with a sturdy ground cover. Unfortunately, my hoses do not reach so far and most of the grass did not come up due to lack of water. I let Mother Nature do her work, and where it took, the grass did it's job. I may try again as it gives the area a nice natural look with the wildflowers.

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          • Personal

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Creeping Red Fescue

          By 

          from Inez, Ky.

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Lawn

            Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

            The Red Fescue grass is doing really well. I used it to cover dead patches in my yard.

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            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Lawn!!

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            from Merced, CA

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Lawn
              • Outdoors
              • Pool Area

              Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

              I replaced my bermuda grass lawn with the Creeping Red Fescue and it turned out even better than I imagined! The region I live in is very hot so I wasn't sure how the seed would take, but I followed the instructions and the grass grew perfectly. I now have a beautiful, lucious green lawn that is soft as well as sturdy.
              Thanks to the people at American Meadows for the great info and tips! Couldn't have done it without you.

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              • Personal

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              CREEPING RED FESCUE GRASS SEED

              By 

              from Monroe, NC

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Deep Root System
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Lawn

              Comments about American Meadows Creeping Red Fescue Grass Seeds:

              I purchased a 50# bag to seed and reseed my 1 acre backyard. It is slower coming in, but when it does it makes a beautiful lawn. I will reorder again in the fall to reseed;

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              fantastic ground cover for shade!

              By 

              from portland, or

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about American Meadows 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                has done well

                By 

                from Rocky Mount, NC

                Pros

                • Makes A Nice Lawn

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quick arrival of a quality product!

                    By 

                    from Washington DC

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Grew In Shade
                    • Very Clean Seed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows 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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Not good in heat

                        By 

                        from Birmingham Alabama

                        Pros

                        • Came up quickly

                        Cons

                        • I picked the wrong grass
                        • Not good in heat

                        Best Uses

                        • Ground cover

                        Comments about American Meadows 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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                        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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