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seeds

The #1 area of focus when it comes to growing a great looking and sustainable lawn is the condition of the soil.

But coming in a close second is the quality of the grass seed you sow.

 

Grass Seed - Certification of Quality in the Bag

  • The Turf and Gardening Store and MyTurfandGarden.com have put a tremendous amount of research and ebluetagffort into selecting new grass  varieties.
  • These new varieties in our private label blends and mixes are developed to be finer textured, greener, and more tolerant of shade, drought, or punishing sun. 
  • We purchase only the best premium seed and take the steps required to insure our seed carries university field trial proven performance.

Grass Seed - Be Aware Treated vs.Coated

  • When buying a seed that’s been treated with special nutrients vs. being “coated” are you getting the amount of seed stated on the bag? The answer is absolutley not! 
  • Coated seed has weight and consumes space in the bag. 
  • If the seed is treated and the bag states it contains 50 lb. of seed then you actually get 50 pounds of seed – always the case with our seed. 
  • Not so with coated seed where you many get up to 30% less seed per bag. Bottom-line, you are paying for 50lbs. of seed but getting considerably less.

Grass Seed - Base Your Purchase on Information on the Bag

  • Grass seed bag labels list the types and varieties of grass seed in the mix as well as their germination percentage. 
  • Quality seed is considered to have a germination rate of 85% or higher. 
  • Bargain seed often have a lower rate so you’ll have to apply more seed to get the same amount of grass. 
  • There is a tremendous amount of seed in a bag. A small weed seed percentage equates to hundreds of weeds. Weeds equate to more work, more expense, and more time caring for the grass. 
  • Look for the most weed-free grass seed mixes possible, or 99.99% weed free.

Best Practices for Newly Planted Grass

  • The methods you should use to care for newly sown seed are markedly different from those you use on the established areas of the yard. So exactly what should you be doing?
  • Watering New Grass NPK_01
    • Watering becomes a vital part of what it takes to establish a new lawn. 
    • The sown area should be kept moist. Do not allow the seeded plot to dry out once germinated.
    • Applying a light watering twice a day usually in the morning and again at mid-day should be adequate.
    • If your grass seed dries out after it has started to sprout, it will die out. 
    • Once your new grass is established and you've mowed at least once you can start watering less frequently. 
    • Be sure to keep the seeded area moist. As the grass matures begin watering twice a week applying a minimum of ? inch each time. Be sure water is getting down into the root zone 
    • Bottom-line, check the area to root depth and water such that the soil 3-4 inches below the surface is moist to the touch.
  • Mowing newly seeded grass 
    • Do not mow the newly seeded area until the grass has reached a height of 3 inches. 
    • Make sure mower blades are sharp, and then cut your grass only in dry conditions. 
    • Avoid mowing your new grass too short - removing no more than 1/3 of the height. 
    • Mow as needed but reduce the frequency to limit traffic on new seedlings.
  • Feeding new grass 
    • Apply a time-release fertilizer with a relatively high level of phosphorous such as MyTurfandGarden.com Professional Starter 14-20-14 or  10-20-10 Natural Base
    • Applying a starter fertilizer at planting should be followed by another feeding 6-8 weeks later. 
    • The starter analysis can be used again as the phosphorous will help establish the root system while at the same time providing needed nitrogen.
  • Weeds in new grass 
    • Dormant weed seeds are present in the soil - seeding will bring them to the surface. 
    • Wait until after mowing at least 3 times before treating with weed-control products. 
    • Follow product label directions for information about the product you're using. 
    • Do not apply herbicides when average weekly temperatures reach 90°.
  • Bugs in new grass 
    • Most products labeled for insect control can be applied any time on newly planted grass. 
    • Always read and follow the label directions before applying an insect control product.