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Eco-Grass Low Maintenance Lawn Blend


PLANT EARLY FALL!  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. Eco-Grass grows in most soil types and sun conditions, thriving in all but the darkest and wettest settings in clay or heavy soils. 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 eight inches and begins to form seed heads, it tends to bow or flop over, which can add an attractive naturalistic flow to landscape highlights. Once established, it is durable under moderate foot traffic if mowed as a path or lawn. 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 fescues establish even in light or low-nutrient soils and hold no attraction for lawn grubs, the problematic larvae that thrive in shorter-rooted turf grasses.

A cool-season grass blend, Eco-Grass is best planted early fall or in spring, 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./1,000 sq. ft.  220 lbs./acre

15 Questions asked on Eco-Grass

Q Kathryn • 10/23/2017 What species are in your Eco-Grass mix and in quantities or ratios?
A Prairie Moon • 10/26/2017 Hi Kathryn, Good question! Our Eco-Grass is a blend of 5-6 fescues, generally including sheep fescue, chewings fescue, hard fescue, and creeping red fescue. The breakdown among the species is about even at 15-20% each.
Q Muzee • 04/11/2018 Hi - By "competing species" do you mean that the existing grass would need to be dug up and removed? I have about 1/2 acre and am in CT. I love the idea of this. Thank you.
A Prairie Moon • 04/11/2018 If you want your lawn to be low-mow, the existing grass needs to be removed since the Eco-grass will not crowd out existing turf. It will fill in sparse areas, but sowing the seed over your lawn won't result in a fully Eco-grass yard.
Q Cristine • 04/27/2018 Are the species included native to the great lakes region?
A Prairie Moon • 05/01/2018 HI Christine. Good question. The grasses are not native. Cover Crops and Eco-Grass are the only non-native thing we carry. Eco-Grass is a blend of cultivated fine-leaved fescue grasses, primarily that are grown/harvested on the West coast (WA, OR).
Q JC • 06/03/2018 Is EcoGrass resistant to the effects of alleopathic Juglone from Black Walnut trees?
A Prairie Moon • 06/04/2018 Yes, Eco-Grass can be planted under and near Black Walnuts, but we suggest you rake away the leaves and walnuts each fall to avoid excessive levels of the tree's toxin. We also have an entire category of natives tolerant or resistant to the black walnut juglone.).
Q Eric • 09/09/2018 How salt tolerant is Eco-Grass? Would it be suitable for use along a street which is salted and plowed in the winter?
A Prairie Moon • 09/10/2018 We haven't been able to observe salt-tolerance or not much ourselves on our own patches of Eco-Grass, but there is actually a good study out there that shows fine fescues, such as those in our Eco-Grass blend, are the most salt-tolerant of the roadside grasses. Here is the online article.

Another short, dry, roadside native grass that we have observed to be salt-tolerant is Squirrel-tail Grass.
Q matthew • 12/01/2018 Is the eco grass deer resistant?
A Prairie Moon • 12/03/2018 Yes, deer will not bother these fescues.
Q Lindsey Shepherd Wanner • 02/18/2019 How safe is Eco-Grass for dogs and cats? Specifically if they were to nibble on it now and then?
A Prairie Moon • 02/19/2019 Thanks for writing, Lindsey. Our nursery has dog-friendly office hours and a large lawn of Eco-Grass. We’ve never observed our canine friends showing any interest in browsing the grass. The fine fescue grasses that comprise our Eco-Grass blend have very thin, soft blades, so it’s unlikely they would cause irritation if lightly browsed. Even the seed heads are delicate and pliable.
Q Aillinn • 03/19/2019 Would it be suitable to mix with annual rye grass. We have a newly excavated area that needs a quick water retention solution. Thanks!
A Prairie Moon • 03/20/2019 Thanks for writing, Ailinn. You could mix the two, but they both establish quickly in spring, so unless you were trying to cut the cost of the seed for the area, I'm not sure adding the Rye would yield better results. The Rye would be competition for the Eco-Grass fescues, which I assume you want to dominate the area long-term, and may even have an allelopathic effect, inhibiting the germination and growth of the Eco-Grass.
Q Sarah • 04/21/2019 We have clay soil and several big trees. Would the Eco-Grass grow?
A Prairie Moon • 04/22/2019 Thanks for writing, Sarah. Shade from the trees won’t be a problem for the fine fescues in our Eco-Grass blend. If the soil has so much clay that it stays wet for extended periods, that could prove challenging. Eco-Grass establishes well in most soil types, but if the soil does not drain well after rain events, it would be inhospitable. A Sedge or grass that prefers heavier soil would be a better choice there.
Q Courtney • 06/14/2019 We planted some eco-grass in April. It's growing well, but some weeds are coming up with it. Is it okay to apply some sort of weedkiller designed for lawns?
A Prairie Moon • 06/17/2019 Yes, you will want a broadleaf herbicide - they kill common lawn weeds like dandelions and thistles, but will not harm fescue grasses such as the blend in Eco-Grass. Always read the manufacturer's label carefully for dilution and safety instructions.
Q charles • 08/14/2019 49 pounds will cover how many square feet?
A Prairie Moon • 08/14/2019 Hi Charles. The recommended seeding rate is 5 lbs for 1000 sq ft so 49 lbs will cover roughly 9000 sq ft.
Q Dale • 08/15/2019 You say it is "low-maintenance". What kind of maintenance is recommended?
A Prairie Moon • 08/15/2019 Hi Dale. Good Question. We refrain from calling it "no-mow" even though it is a similar blend of fine fescues sold under this name. A season’s growth of these fescues can flop over and mat down in winter on some sites, resulting in heavy thatch build-up that can prevent the grass leaves from poking through in spring. Eco-Grass can benefit from an end-of season mowing (with raking or bagging if growth is heavy) to prevent excess thatch.

For aesthetic reasons, you could also mow in late spring when the seed heads begin to form, as these can grow up to about a foot high.
Q Marvin • 08/15/2019 Can I seed at a rate higher than 5 lbs./1000 sf to help keep out weeds?
A Prairie Moon • 08/15/2019 Hi Marvin. This is the recommended seeding rate to form a thick mat of grass, and thus keep weeds out. A heavier rate is not recommended as it could come in too thick and choke itself out.
Q Wendy • 09/08/2019 Is Eco Grass compatible with a septic mound? (if it's ground on a steep side of the mound)
A Prairie Moon • 09/09/2019 Thanks for your question Wendy. Yes, Eco Grass is a compatible grass mix for septic mounds. The roots will help stabilize the soil, but will not disrupt the septic system.
Q Renee • 09/09/2019 I ordered ecograss from you. What do you mean by "early fall" planting? Is it ok to plant now?
A Prairie Moon • 09/09/2019 Thanks for your question Renee. "Early fall" can be considered late August to early October, depending on your location. The cooler weather allows grasses to establish quickly without as much competition from herbaceous weeds.
*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.


5 lbs/1000 sq ft; 220 lbs/acre
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Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
8 inches
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