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How to Select Grass Seed

September 8, 2015

You are standing in front of the grass seed shelf and looking confused. There is a big difference in price. If there ever was truth to the statement “you get what you pay for” it is certainly true when buying grass seed. Cheap seed often is contaminated with seeds from the tough to control grassy weeds because they are growing in the field alongside the good grass plants when the farmer harvests the grass seed. The grass seed farmer has to decide whether to go to the extra expense of getting rid of these weeds or to sell his seed for less because of the weed seed contamination. Scotts pays the grass seed farmer top dollar to get weed-free seed. The better grass seed varieties also cost more because those in the know, like professional turf managers, are willing to pay more to get better varieties because they will have fewer problems. Cheap seed is going to cost you more in the long run: difficult to control weeds and grass varieties that struggle to produce a top rate lawn.

The best grass varieties will have less weed, disease and insect problems.

The best grass varieties will have less weed, disease and insect problems.

Scotts best grass seed blends are sold in the Turf Builder Grass Seed Line. Click here to figure out which Turf Builder Grass Seed Mix is right for you. You simply select the mix that matches your conditions: sun, shade, mix of sun and shade, high traffic, heat-tolerance, etc. If you have just a few bare spots, click here to figure out which Scotts EZ Seed Blend will fill the bill.

Several years ago when we lived in Ohio I planted a new lawn area I knew I would never be able to water after the grass became established. (I was able to keep it watered to get the grass seed going.) I planted Scotts Turf Builder Heat-Tolerant Blue Grass Seed. This mix contains three turf-type tall fescues along with Scotts exclusive Thermal Kentucky Bluegrass. The bluegrass provides spreading capability (new plants from existing plants) that you don’t get with tall fescues. This also helps with disease resistance and recovery. Thermal Blue is not just any old bluegrass. The plant breeders were after heat and drought tolerance when they developed it.

This map helps you figure out where Scotts Heat Tolerant Blue will grow best

This map helps you figure out where Scotts Heat Tolerant Blue will grow best (click map to enlarge)

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