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Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed

Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed
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This low-growing, low-maintenance grass seed mixture is perfect for your lawn. The soft, green grass is extremely durable and tolerates high traffic, making it great for play areas.

Zones 4 - 10
Ideal Regions
Pacific Northwest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade

What's in this Mix?

This cool season grass mix contains two types of hardy Fescues - Marrakech and Escalante

Love the look of turf grass but don’t want to maintain and water constantly? Our specially formulated Dwarf Fescue Lawn Seed Mix is the perfect solution. It creates low-maintenance, low water, low-growing turf grass for yards, play areas and more. The varieties in this mix are extremely durable and easy to grow, creating a long-lasting, lush lawn with little work.

This grass has great resistance to disease and insect attack. It thrives throughout most of the country and tolerates most growing conditions.

Plant Information

Associated SKUs
AAS6B05 (5 Pounds)
AAS6B10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Ships As Seed
Coverage 5 lbs covers 500 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 1,000 sq ft.
Grass Type Cool Season
Soil Moisture Average
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

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 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.

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American MeadowsLow Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed

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Just bought a 2nd bag


from Granite City, Illinois

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


  • Requires generous watering at first

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  • Covering high traffic areas
  • Lawn
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed:

I live in zone 6 and I didn't do any preparations before, just simply sprinkled a generous amount over bare spots and watered twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening, for about two weeks. But now it appears to be sprouting like crazy unassisted.

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Good drought-tolerant lawn, AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF GROWTH


from Kettle Falls, WA (north of Spokane)

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy


  • Hard Work First Year

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  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed:

I selected this grass seed for a new lawn, based on the recommendation of the customer service rep here. I choose to put in lawn around my house, which had previously been prairie grass, to keep the dust down. ANd, we wanted to use the area for picnics and lawn games, so meadow-style was inappropriate. I tilled and added 5" new topsoil, with extra compost.
I was ready to sow seed in the spring, but the CS rep here said that I needed to wait atleast a month (based on frost figures for my area.) So, some of the topsoil washed away in the spring rains. And, my instincts had been right, as if I'd sowed earlier, there was no late frost.
Waiting also meant I missed the spring rains. It was a VERY dry year here, nearly no rain after spring, and we have slow, sensitive wells here, so I could not get the amount of water needed for healthy growth. I was disappointed. I even added topsoil and seed to bald areas and tried again.
HOWEVER, with the autumn rains (and receding of the burning summer sun), much of the seeded areas germinated. Even now (December), the grass is lovely and green.
My recommendation: This grass is a lovely and green, able to withstand freezing and drought, but ONLY AFTER it has gotten a good healthy root system. You will need good irrigation for germination and to get those roots built, which will take at least 4 to 6 months after germination. If you can't spare the water, this grass is not for you.

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very problematic


from Spokane

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Comments about American Meadows Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed:

I had the same problem in Spokane as the reviewer in Florida - this seed germinated fine in the fall, but only survived in the partly shaded areas. Totally gone in the full sun, regardless of watering. This was a LOT of work in preparation and weeding, with a heartbreaking result.

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Poor Germination


from Coppell Texas

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      Comments about American Meadows Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed:

      Gress seed was heavily seeded in a shaded/semi shaded part of a backyard area but started germinating well but did not withstand continued germination and flourishing. It died off within 2 weeks with 4x weekly watering, using a ground net to avoid ground erosion, and soil was pre-emerged for improving nutrient value. I was very disappointed with the outcome.

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      doesn't grow in zone 9


      from orlando, fl



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          Comments about American Meadows Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed:

          Planted in February and it grew fine. By end of May, the central Florida sun had burned it out. The only grass to survive was in full shade. This grass would be better for up north.

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          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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