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How to Plant Canadian Green Grass Seed

By D.C. Winston ; Updated September 21, 2017

Canada green grass is a proprietary blended grass seed product marketed as a cold hardy, shade, traffic-tolerant and easy-germinating seed. It was developed to survive the wide temperature ranges found in Canada and is touted to grow on very poor or even no soil. It is comprised of a blend of different species of grass seed and includes annual rye, Kentucky bluegrass and red fescue. The seeds are coated with fertilizer and a water-retaining vermiculite compound that is purported to speed up the germination process. Though it can be grown on a soil-less bed, long-term performance can be assured by planting on a well-prepared and nutrient-rich soil surface. Canada green seed can be used to establish a new lawn or over-seed an existing one.

Prepare the planting bed by cleaning the soil of leaf litter, dead grass and thatch using a fixed tine rake. Once cleared of dead material, loosen the top two to six inches of soil with your rake.

Amend the soil with an inch to three inches of aged manure, quality garden soil and/or compost. Spread evenly over the entire surface of the expanse to be seeded and smooth with the back of the rake.

Hand cast the grass seed or use a mechanical spreader of your choice. Consult the package label to determine the rate of seed per foot based on your particular conditions. New lawns on bare soil will require more seed, while overseeding or correcting patchiness will require less.

Nestle the Canada green grass seed into the amended soil lightly with your rake to partially bury it into the soil but not cover completely.

Water your Canada green grass seed and the soil until saturated with a light mist or rain of water. Refrain from watering with a strong jet of water as this will displace the seed from where you have laid it down. Water daily thereafter until the roots are well established, never allowing the soil to dry out completely.


Things You Will Need

  • Canada green grass seed
  • Rake
  • Aged manure
  • Compost
  • Top soil
  • Seed spreader or hands
  • Water
  • Garden hose with adjustable spray head