Red Fescue Care for Low Maintenance Lawn

Planting and Management Tips for


  • Mow at 1.5 - 2.5 inches or keep unmowed as a groundcover.


  • Fertilize using 1 - 2 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (March - June; October - December).


  • Seed at 3.5 - 4.5 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.


  • A low to moderate amount of water is required.
  • Water 1 - 2 times/week during the warm season; red fescue can go dormant in the summer if watered too infrequently or if no water is available.

 Special problems

  • Susceptible to most turfgrass diseases
  • Low heat tolerance
  • Slow seed germination and seedling growth (establishment)
  • Low traffic tolerance

 Source: Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

 Hundredfold Note: warm-season grass actively grows in warm seasons (summer), e.g. switchgrass. Cool-season grass actively grows in cool seasons (spring, fall & winter). Creeping red fescue is a cool-season grass.

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 Red Fescue Care for Low Maintenance Lawn