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

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Eco-Lawn is a drought-resistant grass that requires mowing only once per month. Each 5 pound bag of seed covers 1,000 square feet. read more

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Eco-Lawn™ is a blend of carefully selected fine fescue grasses developed by Wildflower Farm. Eco-Lawn grows in full sun, part shade and even deep shade. Eco-Lawn is highly drought tolerant once established, and has a rich dark green color. Eco-Lawn does not require fertilizing and can be mown like a regular lawn or left unmown for a free-flowing carpet effect.

Experience what thousands of people across North America already know about Eco-Lawn!

Features & Benefits:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Drought tolerant
  • No fertilizers or chemicals required
  • Less vulnerable to insects and grubs
  • Reduce your mowing time or don't mow at all!

When is the best time to plant Eco-Lawn?

Click here for the Eco-Lawn Seeding Time Chart

In the Northern USA and Canada the ideal time for you to plant your Eco-Lawn seed is between late August and late September (for the best seeding time in your specific area, please refer to our Seeding Times Chart). The cool evening temperatures, early morning dews and autumn rains create the perfect conditions for germination and growth. Also, nature has programmed fewer weeds to germinate in fall, so your new Eco-Lawn will establish more rapidly, with less weed competition!

Seeding from mid April through mid June is a good second choice. Maximum germination occurs when temperatures are between 10°C (55°F) and 25°C (77°F). If you spread Eco-Lawn seed in cooler temperatures, it will not germinate until the soil temperature reaches 10°C (55°F).

In the southern states, Southern California and much of the southwest, October to November is generally the best time to sow the seed as this provides Eco-Lawn the opportunity to take advantage of the naturally cooler, moister conditions available at that time of year. Sowing Eco-Lawn in November also allows the turf to get established before the heat of summer.

How to Grow Eco-Lawn:

Establishing a New Eco-Lawn

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

  • 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. It 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 (5 lb. bag covers 1000 square feet) or spread the seed extra thick at 25 seeds per square inch or 7-8 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.

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 that you do not compact soil). Rolling seeds in for good soil contact is especially important if you have any kind of slope to prevent erosion.

For large areas, Eco-Lawn may be installed via mechanical seeders or hydro-seeding.

Sowing Eco-Lawn Under Large 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.

After Sowing Eco-Lawn

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.

Please note that if you experience drought conditions in the first year, you will need to water your new Eco-Lawn during the first season of growth. Once Eco-Lawn has gone through a full season, your watering regime will change dramatically. In hot, dry climates such as parts of California or Texas your watering will be cut back by 75% over that of traditional, shallow rooted turfs. In most parts of North America your established Eco-Lawn will require no watering except in extreme drought conditions.

Mowing Eco-Lawn

The reason you don't need to mow Eco-Lawn often is because it grows 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.

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.

What is in Eco-Lawn?

Eco-Lawn is comprised of the following certified fine fescue grasses: Oracle Creeping Red Fescue, Maxima 1 Creeping Red Fescue, Spartan II Hard Fescue, Sealink Slender Fescue, SR5130 Chewings Fescue, SR3210 Blue Fescue, SR3150 Hard Fescue.

None of the species in Eco-Lawn are genetically modified (GMO).


Requires very little water, and no chemicals or fertilizers.

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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.

      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?

    • 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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