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Sheep Fescue Grass Seeds

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Sheep Fescue can be planted for soil modification on hard to reach areas. It will also add a feathery, textured look to any landscape. Perennial. (Festuca ovina)

Zones 3 - 8
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-24" tall
Bloom Time Early to mid summer

Plant Information

Sheep Fescue is extremely adaptable and will tolerate moderate shade and drought. It blooms from June to July.
Associated SKUs
FEOLB (1 Pound)
FEOLB5 (5 Pounds)
FEOLB25 (25 Pounds)
FEOLB50 (50 Pounds) - Out of stock.
Common Name Sheep Fescue
Botanical Name Festuca ovina
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 6-24" tall
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Grass Type Cool Season
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1 lb covers 4,356 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 21,780 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 2.5 acres
50 lbs covers 5 acres
Seeds Per Pound 530,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Easy to Grow, Groundcover, Erosion Control
Additional Information Used for reclamation, banks, and pastures. Adds texture to landscapes.
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

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  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 MeadowsSheep Fescue Grass Seeds

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Good choice for a low maintenance, low water use lawn


from Redding, CA

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  • Attractive
  • Disease resistant
  • Hardy
  • Heat tolerant
  • low water needs


  • Slow to get established

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  • Grassy slopes difficult to mow
  • Lawn

Comments about American Meadows Sheep Fescue Grass Seeds:

I bought a new home in central Northern California with zero landscaping in the back and was looking for a grass to cover my sloped bare ground for erosion control. It was important to be "low fuel" as wildfires are a hazard in the hot dry summers here and it had to be drought and heat tolerant. I chose this sheep fescue even though I live in climate zone 9 with summer temperatures often in the 90s and sometimes 100+. I planted this particular sheep fescue in October 2016 and covered the seeds with Curlex erosion control blankets so the seed would not wash out on the slope during the rainy winter months. The grass germinated very well (close to 100%), in November and grew all winter. With the EC blankets and the grass then growing I did not experience any noticeable erosion. Now it is mid June with temperatures in the high 90's and the grass is still green and about six inches tall. I water twice a week for the new grass, (but only need to water once every three weeks for the sheep fescue I established last year in another area.) I have not had to mow this sheep fescue and have been pleasantly surprised that it can hold up to heat, sun, and dry conditions so far. I had planted Idaho fescue two years ago on another section of the hillside, but it has not performed nearly as well as the sheep fescue area.
When planting this grass keep in mind that like all cool season fescues it will not germinate at temperatures of 90 degrees or higher. In my hot summer the sheep fescue virtually stops growing and if not watered sufficiently it will go dormant and turn a bit brown in color. However, it will green up to a dark green with the fall rains. For my purposes, this sheep fescue is just what I was looking for in a low maintenance grass, and I am very satisfied with it so far. It complements my large deer grass as well.

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Could not get this grass to grow


from Idaho

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    Comments about American Meadows Sheep Fescue Grass Seeds:

    Could not get this to grow here in Idaho. We have rocky soil which I saw it grew well in but could not get any to grow in several different locations.

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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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