You can save money and time by choosing the proper grass seed based on your location and the amount of maintenance you will provide. Both Pennington and Scotts offer an assortment of grass seed mixtures for different growing conditions and maintenance requirements. Some mixtures also contain fertilizer and/or mulch to help the grass seed to germinate and grow. By comparing the information listed on the seed containers, you can decide which type of grass is right for your conditions.
Selecting Grass Seed
The most important consideration in selecting grass seed is the climate of the area where the turf will be grown – sun or shade, wet or dry soil, how much rain or irrigation it will receive and how cold or hot the temperatures are in the area. Next, you should consider how much maintenance you want to do, such as irrigating, mowing and fertilizing, and treating weeds, insects and diseases.
Read the label on the bag to determine what percentage of grass seed it contains. The label also lists the percentage of other crop seed, weed seed, noxious weed seed and inert materials (stalks, chaff, debris or filler). Choose one that contains a high amount of grass seed -- at least 90 percent -- with a high germination rating of 85 percent or higher.
Pennington 1 Step Complete
Pennington 1 Step Complete contains a mixture of fertilizer, mulch and Pennington Smart Seed, which needs up to 30 percent less water than ordinary grass seed after germination. Bermudagrass and Tall Fescue mixtures are available, as well as mixtures for dense shade, or sun and shade areas. According to Pennington’s website, these mixtures will grow 80 percent thicker with half the water of regular grass seed.
Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed
Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed is a combination of grass seed, continuous-release fertilizer and absorbent growing material. The premium grass seed will grow in poor soil in dense shady or dry sunny areas. The growing material absorbs water and surrounds the grass seed to keep it moist, while the fertilizer provides nutrients for quick establishment and future growth.
Pennington Smart Seed Sun & Shade Mix
Pennington Sun & Shade Mix contains a blend of grass seed that grows well in sunny or shady areas. The seed is drought-resistant and uses up to 30 percent less water than ordinary grass seed. A coating that contains MYCO Advantage, which protects against fungal diseases, protects the seed. The mix is available in several different formulas for specific climates.
Scotts Turf Builder Sun & Shade Mix
Scotts Turf Builder Sun & Shade Mix is a blend of grass seed that grows and spreads aggressively in sunny or shady areas. It is used to establish new areas of turf or to fill in bare or thins spots in existing turf. A super-absorbent coating protects the grass seed and keeps it moist for better germination and growth.
- Pennington Seed: 1 Step Complete
- The Scotts MiracleGro Company: Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed
- Pennington Seed: Smart Seed Sun & Shade Mix
- The Scotts MiracleGro Company: Scotts Turf Builder Sun and Shade Mix
- Purdue Extension/University of Illinois Extension: Purchasing Quality Grass Seed
- Pennington Seed: Smart Seed
- The Scotts MiracleGro Comapny: Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed