What Makes No-Mow Grass Low Maintenance?

In 1994 Prairie Nursery developed the No-Mow lawn seed blend to compliment our native potted plant and seed product line. Prairie Nursery’s No-Mow is comprised of six slow-growing fine fescue species native to the Northern hemisphere that combine to create a sustainable lawn that requires little input from you.

‘Slow Growing’ Means Minimal Mowing and Drought Resistance. The “bunch formers” that comprise the majority of our No-Mow are slow growing, which reduces the need for regular mowing. Relative to other fine fescues, these bunch grasses are also exceptionally drought and heat resistant, so little watering is required once established and maintained at a minimum height of 3”.

Interlocking Fescues Form a Dense, Durable Sod that Heals Itself. The “creeping” red fescues (Festuca rubra and F. rubra var. rubra) that comprise the balance of our No-Mow interlock with the “bunch formers” to form a dense sod that withstands moderate foot traffic and infiltration from weeds. The creeping fescues spread gradually by underground rhizomes to fill the space between the bunch formers and repair areas that may become damaged due to erosion or mole tunnels.

Does Not Require Routine Fertilization. Nitrogen fertilizer stimulates leafy growth, which only increases the need for mowing. Given their adaptation to nitrogen poor soils, the application of excessive nitrogen fertilizer could actually damage fine fescue grasses, so minimal or no fertilization is recommended.

Biologically Reduces Weed Growth. Some of the fine fescue grasses in our No-Mow possess allelopathic properties, producing compounds that prevent or retard the growth other plants and weeds. This natural herbicide renders No-Mow resistant to invasion by weeds that plague other types of turf.

Shade Tolerant. No-Mow is one of the most shade tolerant blends available, thriving in open woodlands that allow filtered light to reach the ground, under individual trees that receive indirect light from the sides or around surface-rooted trees that leave little available soil for turf, such as maples. No-Mow will even grow under spruce trees that receive light around their edges, provided that the needles that have accumulated on the surface are removed to expose the soil prior to seeding. When planted under deciduous trees the leaves must be raked off or thoroughly chopped up with a mulching mower after autumn leaf fall to prevent smothering of the turf grasses over winter. No-Mow will not grow well under black walnut trees, or in the dense shade of sugar maple and conifer forests or plantations.