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Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed - 5 lb

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Made from a blend of fine fescue grasses, this low maintenance and drought-resistant grass requires mowing only once per month. Seeds available in 5lb bag with 1,000 square feet coverage. read more

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Eco-Lawn™ is a proprietary blend of fine fescue grasses that produces a healthy thick green lawn with minimal care. Eco-Lawn grows in full sun, part shade and even deep shade. Eco-Lawn is highly drought tolerant once established, and requires less maintenance. It is slow growing so it reduces mowing time by 50%. No other lawn seed on the market has the same carefully selected seed mix. Experience what thousands of people across America already know about Eco-Lawn.

Features & Benefits:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Drought tolerant
  • Requires less fertilizers and chemicals
  • Less vulnerable to grubs
  • Reduce your mowing time or don't mow at all
  • Eco-Lawn saves you time and money

What species are in Eco-Lawn?

Sheeps Fescue, Shoreline Slender Fescue, Navigator II Creeping Red Fescue, Jasper II Creeping Red Fescue, SR5130 Chewings Fescue, SR3210 Blue Fescue, SR3150 Hard Fescue.

When is the best time to plant Eco-Lawn?

Click here for the Eco-Lawn Seeding Time Chart.

Like most grass seed, Eco-Lawn germinates best in cool, moist conditions (approx. 65° F). For most of North America, the best time to sow Eco-Lawn is in early autumn or early spring. In the southern states and California, November – January is the ideal time to sow Eco-Lawn. This gives it time to establish before it has to face the heat of your southern summers. Please refer to the Seeding Times Chart for the best seeding time in your area.

Establishing a new Eco-Lawn:

Proper soil preparation is the key to success in creating a beautiful lawn that will last a lifetime. Taking shortcuts on site and soil preparation will often come back to haunt you with chronic lawn problems such as weeds, thatch and fungal diseases.

  • Eliminate all weeds existing on the site.
  • Remove all debris from the area to be seeded. Do not bury construction debris as this will cause problems later on.
  • Rototill the site to loosen the soil to a depth of 3 inches.
  • Ensure that there is a gentle grade sloping away from any buildings. Grades are very important as too steep a grade can cause erosion and loss of nutrients. A grade of one to two percent away from buildings is ideal (one to two feet per one hundred feet of land). Poor drainage can result in a water-logged lawn.
  • Rake the area to smooth the surface and create a good seed bed.
  • Spread a small amount of weed free, organic compost, a 1/4 inch layer equals 3/4 cu. yard for every 1,000 sq. ft. This will help to start the seeds and the compost will fertilize your lawn for a year. This also helps keep out future weeds and grubs.

Converting existing lawns to an Eco-Lawn:

1) Apply an organic herbicide to your old lawn. Organic herbicides may not kill plants with just one application. You will have to spray your old lawn every two weeks for up to eight weeks. Read the label carefully. Once your old lawn is dead, mow the dead grass as short as possible and then roughen the area by hard raking it. Then seed the area with Eco-Lawn.

2) Alternatively, strip off the old lawn to a depth of 2 1/2 - 3 inches and remove it entirely. Then either lightly rototill the existing soil or give it a hard raking to create a seed bed. Then spread the seed, rake it into the soil and if possible, roll it flat with a lawn roller.

3) Another method is smother your existing lawn with 4 inches of new soil. This will kill off the old lawn underneath and you can simply spread your Eco-Lawn seed onto the new soil, rake it in and roll it.

Overseeding Existing Lawns:

Simply overseeding an existing lawn with Eco-Lawn will not result in an instant conversion to a low maintenance Eco-Lawn as your existing lawn will continue to grow. However, if you were to overseed your old lawn each and every year for four to five years, it will become a true Eco-Lawn. In the meantime, you will need to regularly mow the existing lawn. So while this method will work, it does take time, patience and annual re-seeding. You can accelerate the conversion process by overseeding twice in a year.

Seed Installation:

Spread Eco-Lawn seed at 15 seeds per square inch, or 5 pounds per 1000 square feet. For small areas you may sow by hand. For urban or suburban-sized lawns, use a fertilizer spreader set at about 1/3 open and apply the seed in two passes using half the Eco-Lawn seed per pass - one at right angles to the other in a crisscross pattern for complete coverage. For large areas, Eco-Lawn may be installed via mechanical seeders or hydro-seeding.

Gently rake the seed into soil until just slightly covered (you should see some seed on the surface after raking). Roll the area with an empty to 1/4-full lawn roller. Do not fill the roller more than 1/4-full with water so you don't compact soil. Rolling seeds in for good soil contact is especially important if you have any kind of slope to prevent erosion.

After Sowing:

Eco-Lawn germinates in 7-14 days. It is quick to germinate and then slow to grow. During the first few weeks, keep as much traffic off the seedbed as possible. The tender, emerging shoots of your Eco-Lawn will not withstand much wear and tear. Once the grass has grown up to 4-5 inches, you can begin cutting it if you choose to do so. This should be after about 4- 6 weeks of growth. If you have some patches that aren't as thick as the rest, they may not have received enough seed. Don't be afraid to overseed these areas. The longer they stay bare, the more likely weeds will encroach onto your lawn.

After seeding, water every day (if it does not rain) for 3 weeks in the early morning for 20-30 minutes or what ever length of time it takes to be moist down to one inch. Set up an automatic timer if you cannot water regularly yourself. Adjust the watering so that your soil will stay moist but not have puddles over night.

Sowing Eco-Lawn under trees:

While Eco-Lawn will germinate and grow under large trees, please remember that trees need and take a lot of water, so for the first full growing season, please continue to water your Eco-Lawn deeply under the "drip line" of the trees on a weekly basis. This will encourage the deep roots that Eco-Lawn develops to dig down deep. By next year, you should not need to water under the trees at all as your Eco-Lawn will be able to compete with the trees for the water that nature provides. Leaves from trees should be removed in the fall. Mowing them with a mulching mower is the easiest method. The nutrients from the mulched leaves are all the fertilizer your Eco-Lawn should need.

Sowing Eco-Lawn on slopes:

On steep, erosion-prone slopes Eco-Lawn should be mixed with with an annual rye grass for rapid soil stabilization. Add 1/2 LB annual ryegrass for every 1 pound of Eco-Lawn seed. When planting on slopes in the fall, plant no later than mid-September in northern climates to ensure sufficient growth of the nurse crop to hold the soil. On gentle slopes with no soil erosion, seeding with Eco-Lawn alone is fine.

Dormant Fall Seedings:

In northern climates seeding Eco-Lawn in late season (dormant seeding) can be done very successfully. Careful soil preparation, weed control and good timing are essential with dormant fall plantings. The seeds should be planted in the late fall or early winter after a couple of hard frosts but before the ground is frozen. Seed planted in late October through December will germinate early the following spring. If there is any chance of erosion, a dormant seeding is not recommended. Planted in fall, your new lawn will grow rapidly the following spring.

Watering Eco-Lawn:

Please note that if you experience drought conditions in the first year, you will need to water your new lawn during the first season of growth. Once Eco-Lawn has gone through a full season, your watering regime can be reduced. In most parts of North America your established Eco-Lawn will require no watering except in extreme drought conditions. In hot, dry climates watering will be reduced 75% compared to traditional, shallow turfs.

Question: How many gallons of water a year will I need to water my Eco-lawn compared to traditional lawn seed such as Kentucky bluegrass?

Answer: Eco-Lawn requires minimal watering. In southern California, for example, no more than 12,400 gallons of water is necessary for a 1,000 square foot Eco-Lawn for the whole year. A standard Kentucky bluegrass or perennial rye lawn requires 1-2 inches of water a week. For a 1,000 sq. ft. lawn that amounts to more than 100,000 gallons a year.

Mowing:

The reason you don't need to mow Eco-Lawn often is because it grows very slowly. If you prefer a traditional "cropped lawn look," occasional mowing will be necessary, but far less frequently than with other lawn mixtures. Ensure that your mower has sharp blades to prevent damage to the grass. A mulching mower works best. Set your mower to a minimum 3 inch height. Mowing lower than 3 inches will cause damage to your Eco-Lawn as it, like all plants, needs to go through the process of photosynthesis in order to live. Never remove more than one third of the top growth. Mowing too short will damage the turf and reduce its vigor. One of the most common lawn problems is people mowing their lawns too short! Left unmown, your Eco-Lawn turfgrass will form a gentle, flowing carpet of grass.

Maintaining your Eco-Lawn:

Once your Eco-Lawn is established, you'll only need to water it during extremely dry periods, if at all. If you feel that you do need to water it, occasional thorough soakings are better than frequent light sprinklings This encourages deep root growth, and makes your turf more drought-tolerant. Fertilizer should be applied sparingly, if at all, in early spring or late summer only. Slow-release, balanced fertilizers with nearly equal portions of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are best. This encourages strong root development to keep your turf healthy without excessive top growth that requires mowing. With minimal fertilizing and watering, you'll reap the benefits of reduced maintenance, lower costs and a healthier environment!

A thick healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds, disease, drought and insect damage. Overseeding your Eco-Lawn on a yearly basis will foster new growth and keep your Eco-Lawn thick and healthy.

Sustainability

Requires very little water and no chemical fertilizers.

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Additional Information

Size 5 lb.
Coverage 1000 square feet
Key Feature Low maintenance, drought resistant lawn seed
Manufacturer Wildflower Farms
Brand Eco-Lawn
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From elicia at 8/23/11 6:29 AM
    • is ecolawn GMO - genetically modified??
    • No. Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed is not GMO seed.
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  • From Edward Larrivee at 8/1/11 8:20 AM
    • I live in the mountains of Virginia. The soil is hard and consists of a high percentage of clay. Will this be compatible with EcoLawn grass seed? Can the seed be successfully seeded in the fall before the first snow?
    • Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed produces a hardy grass. If you have been aboe to grow a lawn in your soil, then you will be able to grow Eco-Lawn. Of course, it is best if you can amend your soil to improve it. Compost, for example, will add nutrients and some humus. The practice of grass-cycling will also help build soil over time.
      http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/06/grasscycling-%e2%80%93-the-easiest-way-to-nurture-your-lawn/

      The seed can be germinated in the fall. but for best results you should sow the seed at least 6 weeks before any winter weather sets in. Spring seeding is usually easier for this reason, but fall seeding is possible.
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  • From Delia at 6/8/11 7:38 AM
    • We live in Tampa, Florida also - on a sunny lot, that gets temporarily flooded in the heavy summer rains. Our lawn is currently a tough, rough St. Augustine grass, which I really don't like. Sounds like (correct me if I'm wrong), EcoLawn would work here, but how do I get it started? I read somewhere that I can actually just sprinkle the seed on the existing lawn, and, in time, it will take over the existing grass... but it sounds too good to be true, especially with the aggressive St. Augustine. Is there a way for me to switch over to EcoLawn without actually pulling up my other grass, so I can keep a lawn the entire time? How and when should I do it? How long will it take? Thank you so much.
    • EcoLawn can be overseeded onto an existing lawn, and over time it will spread and replace weaker grasses and weeds. This assumes favorable conditions, the main condition being good soil. If your current lawn is healthy and vigorous, then soil conditions are probably good.
      It is difficult to predict how long it will take for EcoLawn to replace existing turf. We have tried this in our own yard two years ago and find that the new grass is spreading, but slowly. With St. Augustine grass, it is likely the replacement process will also be slow.
      If you want to try overseeding as the route to eventual lawn replacement, take a look at your lawn closely to assess the thatch buildup. If you have significant thatch, then renting a de-thatcher will speed the transition to the new lawn.
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  • From Dee at 5/29/11 3:56 PM
    • On your website it says that EcoLawn produces its own "herbicide". Would this grass be toxic to dogs or children who lay and play on it?
    • EcoLawn lawns are entirely safe and non-toxic to dogs and children.
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  • From James at 4/9/11 2:07 PM
    • I live in Tampa, Florida. I have lots of shade in my yard due to large oak trees. Would your grass seed work in these conditions?
    • Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed is shade tolerant. It will grow well in full sun, part shade, and even deep shade.
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  • From Martha at 4/6/11 9:45 PM
    • Will Eco lawn grow year-round in phoenix Arizona where summer temperature can be 115 degrees? Will it still be low water? We are looking to replace Bermuda grass with no mow and less water. Thank you
    • The EcoLawn will grow year round in Arizona, but growth will slow to near dormancy during extreme hot spells. EcoLawn is a drought-resistant grass and requires minimal watering compared to common varieties of grass.
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  • From Ryan at 3/28/11 7:09 AM
    • I live in Minnesota, and have a small yard which 2 dogs play in often. How well does fine fescue hold up to pet traffic?
    • Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed produces a hardy grass that withstands per traffic. We have planted this seed in our own yard to test it out and have found it to be thick and hardy. However, the soil fertility in your yard will be a factor in the resilience and thickness of the grass.
      We found the grass did well initially in our yard, but in the second year it seemed thinner and less vibrant. I had added 6" of soil to the old lawn to fill low spots and build up the ground level, and it turned out that he soil I bought was deficient in organic nutrients. We have since spread a thin layer of compost over the lawn to add nutrients, and the lawn is responding well to the boost.
      If you present lawn is not vigorous, or if you are planting a new area, we recommend that you take measures to ensure the soil is fertile before planting new seed.
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  • From Andy at 2/19/11 2:14 PM
    • I have an existing lawn that has a lot of bare areas where normal grass seed won't establish and grow -- it always dries up and dies in the summer, and weeds take over. Can I plant this in these bare areas even if there is already a little grass and weeds in there. I guess what I'm saying is that I wouldn't be starting a new yard. I would just like to plant something that will actually take hold and not completely die off by August.

      Thanks,

      Andy
      (Bloomington, Indiana)
    • Hi Andy,
      Yes, you can seed bare patches and thin areas of your lawn with Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn Grass Seed.
      Use a steel rake or pitchfork to loosen the soil and spread the seed. Once planted, the seeds need to be kept from drying out until germination, and once sprouted, you need to water more than usual until the seedling lawn is established.
      You can also overseed a thin lawn using the same method.
      Once the new grass is established, it will spread. Sprinking compost over the newly planted areas will help a lot. Just don't overdo it with too much. Cutting the lawn high is best for a healthy lawn, approx. 3" is recommended.
      Greg
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  • From Jim at 12/31/10 1:44 AM
    • We live on California's central coast. Our front yard has very sandy soil. In the springtime it gets full sun and lots of wind that dries out the soil very quickly. We finally gave up on trying to maintain a lawn under these conditions. It was wasting too much water and still going brown within a couple weeks of the last rains. Would Ecolawn work here? Also, can Ecolawn be mixed with a little clover seed?
    • Once established, Ecolawn is very thick. This help the soil retain moisture loss from wind. However, like any new seeded plot, you will have to take care to keep the seeds from drying out during germination. This will be the challenge in your area. (When we planted Ecolawn, we had to lightly water the plot twice a day for almost two weeks.)
      Ecolawn is drought-resistant, so you will be able to get by for longer periods between rains without watering. The wind is a factor, of course, so waterings will be more frequent during windy spells.
      Yes, you may mix clover seed in with Ecolawn.
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  • From alex at 8/22/10 8:13 PM
    • how does this seed withstand foot and///or dog traffic after established
    • EcoLawn is very hardy once established. We have planted EcoLawn in our yard and have seen first hand it's qualities - it is thick and hardy, requires less watering, and doesn't require mowing as often as regular grass. It has a 'bunching' effect, which I like, but it is not like the perfectly uniform grass you would see on a golf course. It has more of a natural look. We are very satisfied with our EcoLawn.
      Greg
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