To achieve a lush, green lawn, it’s important to consider your climate and yard before selecting the right grass seed, whether you’re starting from scratch or overseeding. According to Brian Feldman, TruGreen’s Senior Director of Technical Operations, growing grass requires a few important steps and careful attention to detail. Choosing the best species and cultivars, as well as timing the planting, are all key factors in ensuring a healthy lawn. To help homeowners make informed decisions, we’ve researched and evaluated numerous grass seed varieties based on factors such as climate suitability, germination rate, maintenance needs, growth rate, and overall value.
Pennington Smart Seed Dense Shade Grass Seed
If you’ve done your research on grass, you’ll find that some grass grows better in shaded areas, whereas others prefer sunnier conditions. If you’re planting grass in an area that’s constantly in the shade, then you’ll want seeds that can adjust to that sort of light level. This mix of grass seeds provides the perfect solution – combining fine and tall Fescue grass, the mix grows ideally in shaded environments, so you don’t have to worry about exposing it to the sun to grow. And since it’s a mix, it also comes with fertilizer so you can be sure that the grass will grow in good conditions.
Scotts Turf Builder Thick’R Lawn Sun & Shade-3 in 1
Scotts has simplified the often laborious process of reseeding a lawn by combining three necessary steps into one with its Thick’R Lawn Sun and Shade 3-in-1 seed. This premium grass seed is designed to improve the chances of successful germination, growth, and flourishing by including fertilizer, organic material for soil quality improvement, and a mix of drought- and shade-tolerant grass seed in one bag. Simply spread the seed, water daily, and let nature take its course. This Bermuda grass seed is ideal for warm seasons and reseeding, covering up to 4,000 square feet with a 40-pound bag. While it may be pricey, you can purchase Scotts Turf Builder Thick’R Lawn grass seed at Amazon, The Home Depot, and Walmart.
Vigoro Tall Fescue Blend
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JRK SEED 4 Fescue Low Grow/No Mow Seed
JRK SEED has developed a variety of Fescue Low Grow/No Mow Seed that produces a drought-resistant lawn that requires no maintenance. This 10lbs bag of grass seed contains a blend of Boreal creeping red fescue, VNS Sheep’s Fescue, Reliant IV Hard Fescue, Ambrose Chewing Fescue, and Named Perennial Ryegrass, specifically chosen for northern soils and climates, but can also be used in warmer regions. Planting in early Spring or early Fall will yield quick germination and even coverage over a 1000-square-feet area, making it ideal for lawns with high activity. The seeds grow well in sandy and normal soil, flat or hilly terrain, and shaded areas. JRK Seed produces a healthy lawn that requires little or no mowing, depending on soil fertility and moisture. The seed is available in 3lbs, 5lbs, and 25lbs bags.
Economical and drought-resistant
Minimal maintenance required
Grows well in direct sunlight and shaded areas
Produces thick green grass
Higher price point
- Lawns in the Pacific Northwest may require more mowing due to higher rainfall levels.
Germinal A26 So Green
Typically, you have to make a trade-off between a beautiful lawn and a durable one, but this exceptional blend is both resilient and visually stunning. The secret lies in its striking color. Germinal is highly confident in the superior hue of its So Green grass, which incorporates specially-cultivated Abernile ryegrass, that it even planted it on the side of a house for its product photo (pictured above). The result is an incredibly vibrant green that promises to remain lush and verdant all year round.
Long-term users attest that this grass truly delivers, maintaining its deep green color even in the midst of droughts. While it may be more expensive than other options (though still less costly than buying turf), it is a dependable grass that gardeners praise for its resistance to disease.
Key specifications: Seed types include Abernile perennial ryegrass, fescue, and bentgrass. Optimal times for sowing are in the spring or autumn, and the recommended mowing height is 2.5cm. Each 500g package covers approximately 14m².
What is the Best Way to Overseed?
Overseeding is an easy process that can be completed within a few minutes. By incorporating it into your annual yard maintenance routine, you can ensure a lush and healthy lawn. Follow these steps for successful overseeding:
Step 1: Mow and Collect
Start by mowing your lawn and collecting all the clippings. This will allow the new grass seed to reach the soil and absorb more sunlight.
Step 2: Remove Thatch
To ensure that the new grass seed receives the necessary water, air, and nutrients, remove any organic material that may be blocking its path.
Step 3: Test Soil
Conduct a quick soil test to determine if the soil is suitable for the new seed. If necessary, add any amendments to the soil before overseeding to provide the best possible growing conditions.
Step 4: Use a Spreader
To achieve the ideal application rate, use a spreader with an adjustable distribution rate. This will help you achieve even coverage.
Step 5: Water Effectively
Watering the new grass seed is essential for its growth. Initially, you may need to water more often until the turf becomes healthy. Proper watering is crucial for successful overseeding.
1. What happens if I use the wrong grass seed?
Your lawn may look awkward with different textured grass types, or the seed just won’t sprout. You’ll need to overseed again next year to correct the lawn’s appearance.
Different grass varieties also grow at different rates. Perennial ryegrass and fine fescues are quick to sprout. Creeping red fescue and chewing fescue are much slower, so a mixture will give you an uneven lawn.
2. Should I fertilize the lawn right after I overseed?
No. Hopefully, you’ve already fertilized your lawn in the spring. Fertilizing right before or right after overseeding forces the seeds to compete with the existing grass for nutrients. It may also encourage crabgrass growth which will compete with your grass seeds as well.
3. How long do I have to wait to walk on the lawn after I overseed?
Wait at least two weeks, but longer if possible. You should limit the use of your lawn until the new seed has grown to about the same height as your existing grass, about 3-4 inches. This is when you can mow the grass for the first time and resume regular use. In total, it will take about three to four weeks.