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Creeping red fescue

Uses for creeping red fescue

Creeping red fescue can be used in home lawns, recreation areas, and golf courses. It is primarily used in low maintenance, shaded and natural areas. Grown alone or in combination with other turfgrasses, creeping red fescue is typically a component of shade mixes. The most commonly used turfgrasses in mixes with creeping red fescue are hard fescue, chewings fescue, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass.


Creeping red fescue, Festuca rubra L., is a cool season, fine fescue turfgrass with a tillering, rhizome spreading type root structure. Having low fertility and maintenance requirements, creeping red fescue will tolerate a wide range of soil pH. Characteristics include very good drought tolerance, shade tolerance and fair tolerance to traffic.


Creeping red fescue is adapted from Canada south through the transition zone of the United States.


  • Adjust soil pH to 5.0-6.5 (for optimum performance and persistence)
  • Use herbicides if necessary. Follow label directions and precautions.
  • Soil type: low-medium fertility, well-drained soils
  • Fertilizer: refer to soil test, responds well to N
  • Seedbed: Prepare a fine, granular and firm seedbed to ensure good seed to soil contact
  • Seeding rate: New Lawn: 4-5 lbs./1000 square feet Overseeding Existing Lawn: 2-3 lbs./1000 square feet
  • Seeding dates: Spring or early fall
  • Seeding depth: ¼- ½ inch


  • Mowing height: 1.5-2.5 inches.
  • Fertility: 1-2 lbs. N & K / 1000 square feet/year.
  • Irrigation: Irrigation may be necessary for survival during periods of extended drought.
  • Weed control: Apply pre and post-emergent herbicides at labeled rates to control weeds.
  • Disease control: Apply fungicides at labeled rates to control diseases.
  • Insect control: Apply insecticides at labeled rates to control insects.

Additional information

Weight 51 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 24 × 12 in