The Best Lawn Seed for Missouri
Cool season grasses are the ideal choice for a lawn in the state of Missouri. Any cool season grass will suffice and some of them include Kentucky bluegrass, Perennial ryegrass and Tall fescue. Cool season grass seed is best planted between August 25 and October 10.
Lawn Seed Blends
A Mediterranean climate requires grasses that grow well in warm and arid conditions, such as Bermuda grass and buffalo grass. Zoysiagrass is a warm-season grass that tolerates shade well. To improve the mix's cool weather tolerance, include a cool-season variety that prefers sun, as well as one that tolerates shade. If it becomes thin as the warm-season grass dies out during a cool winter, overseed with a cool-season grass in the fall. A blend of fine fescues will tolerate shade better and have a very fine texture, but the growth will slow in hot summer weather. A standard turf seed mixture includes Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass with at least 15 percent by weight perennial ryegrass. However, it will require supplemental irrigation during dry weather.
- University of Missouri Extension: Cool-Season Grasses: Lawn Establishment and Renovation
- University of California, Davis: Turfgrass Species
- University of California, Davis: Choose and Identify Your Turf Species
- University of Minnesota Extension: Seeding and Sodding Home Lawns
- University of California, Davis: Overseeding Your Lawn
- University of California, Davis: Turf Adaptations and Tolerances
- University of California, Davis: Buffalograss — Buchloe Dactyloides