What Is The Best Type of Grass Seed?
Posted by Landscaping Ideas on 20th January 2012
For those looking for the best type of grass seed for their lawns, the answer is never as simple as the question. It seems that there is a grass to suit many needs but not yet, at least not that I’m aware of, one that will suit all needs. There are many mitigating factors when it comes to grass and they all need to be considered when selecting grass seed for your lawn. Another thing to consider is that some lawns will need more than one type of grass seed in order to live up to its maximum potential. I know our lawn certainly has areas of dense shade as well as areas that realize the full brunt of the sun’s potential. I am sure we are not alone in this situation.
There are other things you should consider when seeding for grass as well. Those things are the current seasons and the type of seed you will be using. The best time to plant warm season grass is actually in the spring while the best time to plant cool season grass is in the fall. These are the ideal time for planting these grasses although anytime that extreme heat or other extreme weather conditions aren’t a factor would be okay just not optimal.
Any old grass will not do when it comes to seeding your lawn for grass. You need to pay attention to areas of light and shade, the type of soil you have, and the general and seasonal weather conditions in your climate. You may find that you will need several different types of grasses or even mixtures of grasses in order to have the nice, lush, and most importantly green lawn for which you are hoping.
You should pay attention to the condition of your soil before planting in order to determine if you will need to use fertilizers in order to properly prepare your lawn for fertilization. It is often best to plan for fertilizing and planting at different times. You should make sure that you fertilize whenever possible ahead of planting as this will mean that the soil is ready to nurture your new seedling grass.
In the cooler, humid climates of the northeastern United States Kentucky bluegrass is often the grass of choice. This grass is quite lovely and recent advances have made it much more resistant to bugs, disease, heat, and drought. Perennial Ryegrass is a great example of versatility when it comes to grass. This grass germinates rather quickly, which assists in the prevention of soil erosion while the grass is taking root. Fescues are very drought tolerant, which makes them a very popular choice in the northwestern U. S. These grasses are often used as part of mixtures rather than seeded alone.
Wherever you live there is a seed that will work wonders for your lawn. If you are looking for the best type of grass seed for your lawn you should take several soil samples at different locations in your yard and test the soil in each area. I then recommend taking your results along with you when you select your grass and choose according to what will work best with your climate and your soil conditions.