About No-Mow Lawn

A Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance Lawn Alternative

Prairie Nursery developed the original No Mow Lawn seed mix in 1994 as a sustainable alternative to the traditional high resource-input lawn. A specially designed blend of fine fescue grasses, No Mow forms a lush green carpet of grass in full sun or partial shade.

No Mow lawn is a blend of creeping fescues that interlock with bunch-forming fescues to form a dense sod that withstands moderate foot traffic and inhibits weed growth. The deep roots of the No Mow grasses (up to 9" deep) enhance drought resistance by reducing water loss and reaching deeper water reserves.

The cool-season fescues grow during spring and fall, when the temperatures are cooler. Because of this cool-season growth, mowing twice a year is a popular approach – once in late spring when the seed heads appear, and then again in fall. The minimum height for mowing is 3.5 – 4 inches. Left un-mowed, the fine fescues in No Mow lay down and form a soft, attractive mat of deep green grass. Once established, No Mow is a slow growing, low maintenance lawn for large or small landscapes.

  • Establishes Quickly
  • Forms a thick flowing carpet of grass
  • Reduces mowing to once or twice a year
  • Requires little if any watering, once established
  • Inhibits weed invasion with its dense root system
  • Requires no fertilizers or chemical treatment
  • Withstands moderate foot traffic
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil

5 lb bag: $35.95 

Planting Zone and Site Conditions

Planting Zone and Site Conditions

No Mow is a cool season grass seed mix, recommended for planting in most of the United States (above approximately 37 degrees North Latitude). No Mow is also adapted to the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, the cooler mountain climates in the east-central states, and in the western mountains from the mid-elevation aspen woodlands to just below timberline.

No Mow thrives in full sun to partial shade, in most soil types and light conditions, and is particularly well suited to growing on dry, sandy or rocky soils with low Nitrogen levels. It is not necessary to use fertilizers on a No Mow Lawn, and we do not recommend it.

No Mow does not tolerate heavy shade or poorly drained clay. It is not recommended for damp soils, or heavy clay soils with less than four inches of loamy topsoil.

Rainfall Requirements

No Mow does best in climates that receive annual precipitation of 25 inches or more, with at least half arriving during the growing season. No Mow will not survive extended droughts such as the current megadrought in California and other parts of the western states. No Mow is more drought tolerant than Kentucky Bluegrass, making it an excellent alternative for cool, arid climates. A substantial root system is key to its drought resistance.

Site Preparation and Planting Time

Site Preparation is VERY Important. As with any lawn, No Mow needs to be planted on a well prepared site, from which all competing species/weeds have been removed.

No Mow is a cool season grass blend and Fall is the best time to sow. The optimal timeframe is late August through mid-October. Cool season lawns that are seeded in fall experience markedly less weed competition than spring seedings, mature faster, and should form a sod by the end of the following spring.

No Mow can also be seeded in early spring, between March 15 and May 15, but these seedings will experience greater weed competition and usually require more watering as the temperatures rise going into summer. Development of the turf is slower than with fall seedings due to increased competition from weeds.

Seed Germination

No Mow seed will generally germinate within 10 – 14 days after the first watering or rainfall event.

No Mow Seeding Rates

For Lawns:
5 pounds per 1000 square feet
220 pounds per acre

For Low Maintenance Fields, Orchards, etc:
2½ pounds per 1000 square feet
110 pounds per acre

Areas that are intended to be low maintenance fields rather than lawns can be seeded at one half the normal lawn seeding rate. The No Mow turf will take longer to develop at this lower seeding rate, but will typically fill in to form a sod within one full year.The recommended seeding rate for No Mow is 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft., and 220 lbs. per acre.

5 lb bag:   $35.95

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