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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 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 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 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 Richard at 9/11/11 5:49 AM
    • Is the soil pH a concern for an EcoLawn?
    • EcoLawn is quite hardy and adaptable, and so it will tolerate less than ideal pH conditions. However, EcoLawn will grow best on fertile, well-drained soils with a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
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  • From Sherri at 4/6/12 8:47 PM
    • Will this grass spread naturally on its own over time? I keep reading I need to re-seed to get better coverage.
    • Yes, EcoLawn grass will spread naturally. You can reseed thin spots for faster results but the grass does thicken and spread naturally, like most grasses.
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  • From Mike at 5/27/12 7:42 PM
    • One of the questions in your Q&A was whether your grass will grown year round in the Phoenix area. Your response was yet, but it will grow slowly-almost dormant- during the hot weather. My question is will the lawn remain green year round in the Phoenix area?
    • If it doesn't get enough water during the hottest part of the year, it might go dormant - but it will come back green when it gets a bit cooler.
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  • From Nina at 10/9/12 10:19 AM
    • Will EcoLawn grow in sandy soil in Hawaii? Temperature range of 65-90 degrees isn't too warm? Would it be best to plant in the winter months when it's between 70-78?

      Thanks!
    • Yes, the EcoLawn can grow in very sandy soils. However, if it is pure beach sand, you will need to top dress the sand with about 2 inches of quality top soil. It is best to plant in winter months with the lower temperatures.
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  • From Rick at 3/8/13 12:53 AM
    • How short can eco-lawn be maintained? We like our grass about 2 to 3 inches long.

    • Wildflower Farm's Eco-Lawn can be maintained at a 2 - 3" height, however the lawn will need to be watered more frequently since the soil will be more prone to drying out from sun and wind exposure. Our recommendation is to maintain the grass height at 3" or more.
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  • From Cristina from Toronto at 7/19/13 11:58 AM
    • Does eco-grass die over the (Canadian) winter and restart growth again in the spring? Or, does it continue growing season after season? If so, how high can it grow?
    • In Canadian climates, with possible exception on the BC coastal regions where winters can be mild, Eco-Lawn grass stops growing in the fall and remains in a dormant state through winter. In spring it will resume growth. This pattern will repeat year after year. It grows to about 6" height. If left unmowed, Eco-Lawn will send up seed stalks as it matures, and these stalks will be taller than 6", however when the seeding process is complete the stalks will drop and the lawn will remain at about 6" in height.
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  • From Brruce Bradshaw at 9/8/13 2:33 PM
    • Looking for a grass that will not burnup lnsummer heat, live in south NJ.
    • EcoLawn is drought tolerant, in that it will survive a long dry spell. However some of the blades of the grass will go brown, on average you might expect 15% brown blades in summer heat. Compared to other lawns, EcoLawn will holds its color longer. But any lawn will eventually go brown in an extended drought. EcoLawn will survive a drought even after going brown - it will green-up again once watering is restored.
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