Selecting Grass Seed
We walk on it, play sports on it and expect it to look great all year long – our lawns. But harsh weather, animals and less than ideal growing conditions take its toll, resulting in dead patches and thin lawns.
Late August through mid-September is the best time to seed a lawn and repair damaged areas. The soil is warm and the air is cool – ideal for growing grass. Start the repair process by selecting the best grass seed for the growing conditions.
Use a sunny mix for those full sun locations. They have a high percent of sun tolerant Kentucky bluegrass. While shade mixes have a higher percent of shade tolerant fescue seed. Sun-shade mixes include both, so the bluegrass takes over in the sun and the fescue fills in the shady spots. Durable or high traffic mixes have wear-tolerant grass perfect for areas where family, pets, and kids love to play. Most mixes include turf-type perennial rye for quick fill, wearability and pest resistance.
A bit more information: You can purchase or make your own lawn repair kit. Simply take a handful of the grass seed best suited to the growing conditions and mix it into a bucket of topsoil. Roughen up the bare spot, removing any dead grass, and sprinkle the seed-soil mix over the area. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil surface moist. Be sure to mulch large areas with straw, Grass-Fast fabric or other material to conserve moisture.