High Mountain Native Grass Seed Mix

The High Mountain Native Grass Seed Mix is an expertly formulated blend of cool season native grasses that re-creates high elevation meadows for states in the Intermountain West. These grasses thrive in cool mountain areas with late frosts in spring and early frosts in fall. This grass seed mix is formulated to withstand drought, will provide habitat for songbirds and beneficial insects, and be a source of natural beauty with its ornamental seed heads in late summer and fall.
Zones3 - 7
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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What's in this Mix?

The High Mountain Native Grass Seed Mix is a resilient mix of small to medium-height grasses designed for use in high elevation areas (from 7,500 to around 9,000 ft. in the southern parts of the Intermountain states and above approximately 6,000 to around 8,000 ft. in the northern part of the Intermountain area). This expertly formulated blend of cool-season native grasses thrive in cool mountain areas and is formulated to withstand drought, provide habitat and be a source of natural beauty in late summer and fall.

The season for sowing the High Mountain mix begins after snow melts and extends into late July/early August. The higher the elevation, the sooner in summer the mix should be sown. Best times to seed are either early spring or during summer monsoons, even into late fall. These species grow well in a wide range of soil types; from sandy to loam to heavy clay.

Seeding rate is 1-2 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Germination will depend on the amount of moisture present, either by natural precipitation or through supplemental irrigation. These grasses will need two seasons in order to firmly establish. Wildflowers may be added for a splash of color; use 1 ounce of High Country Meadow Mix native wildflower seed mix for every 1 lb. of grass seed. Read our article with step-by-step planting instructions for High Mountain Native Grass Seed Mix

This Mix Is Comprised Of The Following Grasses:
Blue grama ‘Hachita’ (Bouteloua gracilis)
Arizona fescue ‘Redondo’ (Festuca arizonica)
Green needlegrass ‘Lodorm’ (Nassella viridula)
Smooth Bromegrass
Prairie junegrass, VNS (Koeleria cristata)
Slender wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus)
Wild ryegrass, VNS (Elymus galucus)
Sheep fescue ‘Covar’ (Festuca ovina)
Mountain bromegrass ‘Bromar’ (Bromus marginatus)
Perennial ryegrass ‘Linn’ (Lolium perenne)

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Associated SKUsHC016047
HC015546 (10 Pounds)
HC015547 (5 Pounds)
HC017351 (1 Pound)
Common Name
High Mountain Native Grass Seed Mix
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Seed Coverage
1 lb: 500-1,000 sq. ft.
5 lb: 2,500-5,000 sq. ft.
10 lb: 10,000-20,000 sq. ft.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships As
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Grass Seed Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

View Complete Grass Seed Planting Guide and Soil Preparation Guide

1. Preparing the area for planting. We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump-free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add Plant Success Granular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant to improve seed germination.

2. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed:

Blue Grama Grass Hachita: seed 4 lbs covers 1000 square feet
No Mow Lawn Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 1000 square feet; 10 lbs covers 2000 square feet
Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 500 square feet,10 lbs covers 1000 square feet.

To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.

3. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth. We recommend using Yum Yum mix to amend your soil.

4. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, clean wheat or barley straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.

5. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.

6. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.

7. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

Remember: It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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