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Creeping Red Fescue Grass

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Seeding Rate: 4 lbs. / 1000 ft²

Scientific Name: Festuca rubra

Traditional lawns require a lot of upkeep to maintain that beautiful dark green color. After all, watering lawns is becoming more expensive, and mowing the grass during its active growth phase is a hassle when you don’t have all that extra spare time.

These reasons are why low-maintenance grass species are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homes, businesses, and golf courses. While many intriguing varieties can meet these low-maintenance needs, creeping red fescue grass (Festuca rubra) is among the best options for shady properties.

Creeping red fescue is characterized by deep roots and impressive resilience to wear and drought. It helps with erosion control and has good shade tolerance, making it an ideal grass seed for many lawns across the country north of the Deep South line.

Transform your lawn into a low-maintenance meadow with our high-quality creeping red fescue grass seed.

Creeping red fescue grass is a cool season, long-lived perennial sod-former adapted to cool, shady areas. It is often used in areas where low amounts of mowing, irrigation, and sunlight are required. It acts as a perennial lawn grass in USDA planting zones 1 through 7 and annual grass in zones 8 through 10.

Unlike other fine fescues, creeping red is a sod-former and can form a thick, carpet-like lawn around other bunchgrasses. Because of its fine texture, you can establish a meadow-like lawn if left unmowed.


What Makes Creeping Red Fescue Grass a Great Choice for Your Lawn

If you live above the Deep South line, your property can thrive thanks to our Creeping Red Fescue blend. It’s a simple yet deeply beautiful cool-season grass that can remain green throughout most of the year thanks to its exceptional shade tolerance and moderate water requirements. But there are many other reasons our customers love this mix.


Reason #1: Low-Maintenance and Low-Cost Grass

Creeping red fescue grass requires monthly mowing only and rarely needs to be dethatched, which cuts down on the time it takes to maintain a healthy lawn. Additionally, it only requires occasional watering throughout the summer months and light nitrogen feeding in the fall.

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Compared to other cool-season grasses, the grass seed cost is lower, making this an affordable home lawn and golf course fescue. It also makes for easy lawn care when planted with other popular grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass seed.


Reason #2: Drought, Heat, and Cold-Tolerant

Creeping red fescue grass is characterized by a high tolerance for cold and shade, moderately wear-resistant properties, and even some heat tolerance.

The plant’s deep root system provides tough resistance against drought, which is why its water requirements are moderate compared to many other blends that require frequent watering.

Red fescue is also naturally a transition-zone plant, which thrives best at moderate temperatures. While this grass seed does well when planted in New England all the way down to West Virginia and as far west as Northern California, it can struggle in states with scorching climates — it tends to brown when the weather is too hot and humid.


Reason #3: Thrives in Poor, Sandy Soil

Creeping red fescue grass is well suited to damp soil but can also live successfully in poor, sandy soil.

The odds are that our Creeping Red Fescue Mix will thrive no matter the condition your soil is in. So, if you have patches in your lawn where other grass varieties seem unable to take hold, just scatter some creeping red fescue grass seed and wait for the magic.


Reason #4: Germinates Quickly While Creeping and Spreading Rapidly

After planting your red fescue grass, you should notice growth within 12 to 24 days. This rapid germination is why fescue lawns are a favorite for homeowners looking to transform their properties quickly.

Here’s how it works: Every time this grass variety roots at a node, it sends up new stalks, spreading along the ground. The creeping red fescue grass is the perfect turf to quickly fill a lawn because of its creeping behavior and quick sprouting.


Benefit #5: Fine-Bladed Grass with a Dark Green Color

The creeping red fescue is a fine-bladed grass with narrow and deep emerald-green leaves. In the bud, the leaves are folded, there are no auricles, and a short membranous ligule is visible. The black hue surrounding the stalk’s base is where the unique deep red coloring comes from.


Grow a Lush Lawn with Red Fescue Grass from Nature’s Seed

Creeping red fescue is an excellent companion grass for your lawn if you’re looking for low-maintenance, cool-season grass with good shade tolerance. Because it’s easy to maintain, it’s a popular golf course fescue and a fine addition to residential and commercial lawns.

At Nature’s Seed, we pride ourselves on our quality and ethically-sourced grass seed — so when you decide to work with us, you know you’re getting exactly what you expect. Plant it on its own in shady areas, or mix this grass variety with Kentucky bluegrass, zoysia grass seed, or perennial ryegrass seed to rejuvenate your lawn.

Contact us to learn more about creeping red fescue seed or to request a recommendation for your property.

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