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Grass Seed Types: Choosing the Best Seed for Your Lawn

by Feb 9, 2016Blog

Not all grass seed is created equal. Each type of seed has its own unique properties and benefits and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each seed type can help you decide what type to use. Whether you’re looking to renovate, reseed or establish a new lawn, it’s extremely important to choose the right kind of grass for your seeding needs. This can be done by considering your region and climate, overall wear and tear on the lawn, and look and feel of the grasses.

Consider Your Region and Climate

Ohio is a Northeastern state though it is often considered mid-central for the purposes of seeding. The Ohio climate by and large, is a cool climate and one that experiences warm summers and brisk winters. For this reason, it is important to choose a seed that is specifically designed for cooler climates. Cool season seed types are often characterized by an increased need for water when the temperatures soar but are more shade friendly.Warm season seed types have deeper root systems and require a great deal of sunlight. They also tend to go brown, or dormant during colder seasons. While this may sound appealing for seeding purposes, these seed types may leave ugly patches after cold seasons and require reseeding and extensive maintenance to keep your lawn looking great. Because of this, it is suggested that many of these seed types be avoided in Ohio.

Look at Lawn Usage

Once the region and climate have been determined, it is best to consider how and to what degree your lawn will be used. Essentially, you’ll need to ask yourself, what do I want out of my lawn? Do you want a lawn that looks lush and beautiful quickly? Then consider a quick growing seed like perennial rye, but be aware, quick growing seed is often sensitive to wear and tear and may not hold up in the long-term. Prefer something more drought resistant? An excellent choice for drought resistance is fescue grass. Fescue also tends to need less light, making it an excellent choice for shady areas. If you’re looking for something that has that classic lawn look and feel, Kentucky bluegrass is a perfect pick.

Depending on your lawn’s needs many companies can suggest custom blends to give you the perfect blend of shade, drought and wear tolerance and couple that with your establishment needs and growth patterns to get you an absolutely beautiful lawn. 

Know When to Seed

The final step in seeding and grass growth is knowing when to seed your lawn. If you are planning on repairing bare spots or seeding a new lawn, you’ll want to do that in the spring. This is because cool season grasses grow best in the spring, making the seeding of large bare areas most advantageous when they receive maximum growing conditions.

If, however, you’re planning to overseed your lawn, the fall is a perfect time. When you overseed, you essentially fill in what has become worn due to everyday use. This process isn’t designed for extensive bare spots, but rather basic thinning.

If you’re looking into seeding your lawn or would like to learn more about the ideal seed combination for your lawn, it’s always wise to contact a professional lawn care specialists. With knowledge and information specialists are your primary source for seed selection and related lawn care needs. In Northeastern Ohio, call 330-353-9105 and discuss your seed needs with a Greener Grass representative, or request a quote online.


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