How to Choose Grass Seed

Avoid future lawn problems by learning how to choose grass seed. This will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. By Robert DeStaso Landscaping.

1. Determine your growing conditions: Warm or Cool, Sunny or Shady, Dry or Damp, Sandy or Loamy

2. Learn the facts about grass seed germination.

3. Choose from the following grass seed comparison charts.

Cool-Season Grasses - Grass Seed Comparison:

Grass Type

Shade Tolerance

Disease Resistance

Wear Tolerance

Nitrogen Requirement

Heat Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Recovery Potential

Kentucky Bluegrass

Fair

Variable

Good

Variable

Fair

Good

Excellent

Rough bluegrass

Good

Fair

Good

Low

Poor

Poor

Good

Tall Fescue

Good

Good

Good

Low

Good

Excellent

Poor

Fine Fescue

Good

Good

Fair

Low

Good

Good

Poor

Perennial Ryegrass

Fair

Variable

Excellent

Medium

Good

Fair

Poor

Creeping Bentgrass

Fair

Fair

Poor to Fair

Medium

Fair to Good

Fair

Good

Reviewed by Robert DeStaso Landscaping.
* Get the benefit of two or more cool season grasses by buying a mixture.

Warm-Season Grasses - Grass Seed Comparison:

Grass Type

Shade Tolerance

Disease Resistance

Wear Tolerance

Nitrogen Requirement

Heat Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Recovery Potential

Common Bermudagrass

Fair

Fair

Good

Low

Fair

Excellent

Excellent

Improved Bermudagrass

Fair

Variable

Excellent

Medium

Poor

Excellent

Excellent

Zoysiagrass

Good

Fair

Good

Low

Good

Excellent

Good

Centipedegrass

Fair to Good

Fair to Good

Fair

Low

Poor

Good

Poor

St. Augustinegrass

Good

Fair

Fair

Low

Poor

Good

Good

Buffalograss

Fair

Excellent

Fair

Very Low

Good

Excellent

Fair

Reviewed by Robert DeStaso Landscaping.
* Warm-season grasses are seldom planted in mixtures because they lack compatibility and just don’t look right when planted together.



Frequently Asked Questions About Grass Seed.

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