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Eco-Grass Low Maintenance Lawn Blend


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Early Fall is ideal planting time! Our prices are the lowest + Eco-Grass ships free! (within the contiguous United States). This blend of fine-leaved fescue grasses is the responsible alternative to an energy-intensive conventional turf lawn. Eco-Grass, also called Eco Lawn or No Mow, is also an excellent choice for solid border areas or footpaths adjacent to native plantings.  This versatile grass blend of cultivar fescues establishes quickly, growing into a flowing carpet that can go unmowed or be mowed to a recommended 3” height occasionally or frequently, depending on rainfall, application and intended use. Ecograss grows in most soil types and sun conditions but is not suitable for wet soil or full shade. 

The thin blades of the fescues and their relatively deep root systems (4-9”) enhance drought-resistance by reducing water loss and reaching deeper water reserves.

When Eco-Grass reaches about 8” it begins to form seed heads and tends to flop over, which can add an attractive naturalistic flow to your landscape. Once established, it is durable under moderate foot traffic. It resists invasion by filling in well, but will not encroach on neighboring plantings.

Eco-Grass yields big savings as a lawn alternative by eliminating or reducing the need for pesticides, fertilizers and frequent watering or mowing.  These slow growing, deep rooted fescues establish even low-nutrient soils.  The reduced need for summer watering makes Eco-grass less attractive than irrigated lawns for pests like lawn grubs, the problematic larvae that feed on turfgrass roots.

A cool-season grass blend, Eco-Grass is best planted spring or early fall, on a prepared site from which all weeds or competing species, and the weed seed bank in the soil, have been removed prior to plantingSpring plantings have the advantage of early-season soil moisture, while early fall plantings have the advantage of moderate temperatures and fewer competing weeds.  Seeds can be hand broadcast or distributed with a grass-seed spreader and should be lightly raked in and then watered well for the first month or two, if needed. Depending upon conditions, germination can be expected in one to two weeks. Its cool-season nature shows in its bright green luster in late fall, followed by browning in dormancy and an early spring green up.

Eco-Grass does not need to overwinter to break germination inhibitors. Seeds sown in late fall or winter will lie dormant until spring. Even sandy soils can suit it but frequent watering may be necessary on very dry sites or in dry seasons until the plants are established. Once it fills in, Eco-Grass is a low-maintenance, attractive choice for many specific landscaping needs for home and garden.

Customer praise for Eco-Grass: "Thank you Prairie Moon for the Eco Grass. We planted Eco Grass last fall and are impressed with its quick growth and ability to fill in. It was planted in a low, uneven area behind our native planting and vegetable garden (see photos, left). During heavy rains this area would fill with water and was slow to drain. The Eco Grass absorbs the excess water therefore solving the problem of standing water. It looks great, is an excellent backdrop to the prairie and garden, and needs no maintenance." - Al K., Powell, OH

"Our Eco-Grass lawn fits perfectly with our desire to welcome wildlife and eliminate pollution from noise, gas and chemicals.  And after 15 years it remains lush and beautiful and requires almost no maintenance." - Joanna Eckles, Stillwater, MN


RECOMMENDED SEEDING RATE: 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.  |   220 lbs. per acre

*please note - Eco-Grass ships free and therefore is not part of the free shipping over $100 seed order promotion

25 Questions asked on Eco-Grass






Q Katjy • August 11 Will this eco grass do well in SE Virginia's Coastal plain, zone 7B/8 in full sun?
A Prairie Moon • August 13 Hi. We have a US map loaded in the photo roll. SE VA is in the 'tan' area; it could work but not in dry soils.
Q Kayce • August 17 Hello, I have somewhat large areas of dead grass on a 1 acre property that I would like to grow the eco grass in. My question is, Will The dead grass need to be removed before seeding?
A Prairie Moon • August 19 Hi Kayce. Yes, Eco-Grass should have a clean slate to start. Remove existing weeds AND the weed seed bank. Seed needs to make good soil contact to germinate and there should not be existing lawn grass or weed competition during the establishment season.
Q Tia • April 6 How does this ecograss hold up to heavy dog traffic, poop, and urination? I have 2 large dogs that have decimated the one patch of lawn I need for their "business." And if the ecograss can be used in this space, what additional type of preparation needs to be done? Should the dogs be kept off for a specific amount of time after seed is spread? I need something that won't die as easily and prevent the big muddy mess we are currently dealing with.
A Prairie Moon • April 7 Hi Tia, Unfortunately, not many natural turf grasses can withstand the high nitrogen and/or acidity of dog urine. If your dog makes those brown spots in your current lawn, it will likely make them in Ecograss as well. One solution is to water the area heavily to dilute the urine. Most of the time, overseeding these spots becomes a burden.

EcoGrass does not hold up to heavy foot traffic well. If pets or people walk or run the same area every day, a wear and tear will be noticeable with trampled grass and eventually bare spots.

Q Alex • April 12 What's the best way to create a "prepared site" for planting? I have a quarter acre and am hesitant to use an herbicide.
A Prairie Moon • April 13 Hi Alex. Preparing a 1/4 acre for seeding could be difficult IF you have a heavy weed problem AND you don't want to use herbicides. Alternate methods would be smothering with tarps for 1+ year, sod removal, or repeated, shallow tilling. Search "site prep" on our website to read a blog on methods for preparing a site for a prairie seeding. You can follow this advice for Eco-Grass as well.
Q Susanne • April 26 I want to sow a nurse crop with my eco-grass. What do you recommend and at what rate should I sow it?
A Prairie Moon • April 27 Hi Susanne, Unless you have a steep slope, adding in a nurse crop is not typically needed or recommended. If you need to add a nurse crop in, we recommend using ½ lb. of Rye for every lb. of Eco-Grass.
Q Arlene • August 3 Hi. I'm considering the Eco-Grass for a sloped area that was recently regraded and is just covered by some straw at the moment. Should I clear off all of the straw (along with any weeds that have started to show up) before seeding? Should I cover the Eco-Grass seeds with anything to protect them from erosion until they are established? Thanks!
A Prairie Moon • August 4 Hi Arlene, Yes, you should clear the straw and weeds from the site before planting in order to ensure the seed makes good contact with the soil. You could re-cover the seed with the straw to help with erosion on a mild slope. Otherwise, you could sow the eco-grass seed along with Annual Rye or oats, which establish faster, to help prevent erosion. Give us a call if you'd like to talk through those options!
Q David • August 20 I’m in the mountains of East Tennessee. I have an area of about 1/3 acre of mountain/riverside land. It’s mostly clay, with some areas having humus or sand mixed in. I need an erosion-control ground cover. Upon recommendation from the local soil conservation people, this spring, I seeded white Dutch clover over annual winter rye , which was seeded last fall. Very little clover came up. Is your eco-grass suitable for this use?
A Prairie Moon • August 23 Hi David, Eco-grass is a great low-maintenance lawn alternative. Once established, it should prevent erosion qquite well. However, in problem areas where erosion is a serious concern, it is probably not the best choice. Good establishment of Eco-grass requires consistent watering for the first several months. You may want to try a native prairie seed mix that contains Virginia Wild Rye.
Q Theresa • August 23 Would this grass be suitable to grow between raised garden beds; right now the paths are wood chips and too narrow for a lawn mower. I don't want to plant anything in the path that would spread to the garden beds, but wou be softer to walk on than woodchips.
A Prairie Moon • August 25 Hi Theresa, Yes, that sounds like a great place for Eco-grass! We do recommend you mow it (weed whip it) at least once in the late fall and rake up the clippings so that it comes up nicely in the spring.
Q Eric • September 2 I live in Massachusetts, just south of your ideal region. Specifically, we're in Plymouth, a mile from the ocean. Our soil is sandy, and we're in a wooded lot, with plenty of shade. I love the way your grass looks. Any chance Eco-Grass might take hold here and thrive? Thanks in advance.
A Prairie Moon • September 3 Hi Eric, That is tough to say. It probably depends how dry the soil is and how shady it is. If the soil is too dry, or if there is more than 70% shade, the Eco-Grass may struggle. There is certainly a chance that it would do fine though.
Q Elaine • September 21 What is the right planting depth for the eco grass seed?
A Prairie Moon • September 21 Hi Elaine, Eco-Grass can be surface-sown on bare soil and raked in. The seed should be barely covered after raking in; you should be able to see the seed showing through.
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Recommended seeding rate: 5 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.  220 lbs/acre
A cool-season grass blend, Eco-Grass is best planted on a prepared site from which all weeds or competing species have been removed in early fall or early spring. Seeds can be hand broadcast or distributed with a grass-seed spreader and should be lightly raked in and then watered well for the first month or two, if needed. There are various site prep methods you could follow, no different than preparing a site for a native seed mix. Read our Site Prep blog.  

Spring has the advantage of early-season soil moisture, while early-fall plantings have the advantage of fewer competing weeds.
 The seeds can be hand-broadcast or distributed with a grass-seed spreader and should be lightly raked in and then watered well for the first month or two, if needed. Depending upon conditions, germination can be expected in one to two weeks. Its cool-season nature shows in its bright-green luster in late autumn, followed by browning in dormancy and an early spring green-up.

Eco-Grass does not need to over-winter to break germination inhibitors. Seeds sown in late fall or winter will lie dormant until spring. Even sandy soils can suit it but frequent watering may be necessary on very dry sites or in dry seasons until the plants are established. Once it fills in, Eco-Grass is a low-maintenance, attractive choice for many specific landscaping needs for home and garden.
*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to our MN Sales Tax of 7.375%.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
ECO-GRASS SHIPS FREE, within the contiguous US; we cannot send Eco-Grass to Canada.
Shipping Season:
Eco-Grass seed can be sent year-round.  Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.

iDetails

Lbs/Acre
5 lbs/1000 sq ft; 220 lbs/acre
Seeds/Ounce
30,000
Germination Code
A
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height
8 inches
USDA Zones
2-7
Catalog Number
ECOG