varieties will grow in Western Pennsylvania, it is always best
to use a high-quality seed mix that uses named varieties of
grass species. Grass seed hybridizers constantly work to improve
species, looking to increase insect and disease resistance,
drought tolerance and refine aesthetic characteristics such as
color and texture. Named varieties are the result of this work.
Unnamed varieties may be generic varieties of Kentucky
bluegrass, perennial ryegrass or the fine fescues. They may even
be problematic varieties that have fallen out of favor because
of severe disease problems.
Buy the best quality
grass seed available
High-quality turfgrass seed should contain very little, if any,
annual ryegrass. It is an annual that will not grow for more
than one season. Because it comprises 25 percent of this mix,
you will lose a quarter of your lawn when it dies! It does
germinate quickly and would give you a lush lawn for the first
Unfortunately, an ad like this does not tell the reader what
species of grass Brand Z contains. At first glance, the ad makes
it seem as though it is some new kind of miracle grass.
Consumers will only know what it is when the package arrives and
they read the seed label. Although named varieties of creeping
red fescue are an important component of shade lawn mixtures,
they are not good in full sun. Creeping red fescue dislikes
heat, humidity and heavy foot traffic. What if all the kids in
the neighborhood play on your lawn?
gardeners can arm themselves with knowledge about different
species of grass and the cultural conditions each species
prefers. Then they can make an educated decision about the types
of grass that will work best for their site conditions and the
way they use their lawns. Avoid buying
grass seed if you cannot read the seed label before you buy. How
else can you know what you are getting for your money?