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Choosing the right grass seed

Choosing the right grass seed

Choosing the right grass seed

Grass VarietyCharacteristicsProsCons
Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Finely textured
  • Winter-hardy
  • Excellent colour - deep blue-green
  • Performs well in full sun
  • Its root system spreads out to fill in damaged turf
  • Rich colour of grass
  • COol-season grass
  • Slow to germinate
  • Requires more nitrogen and water than other species
  • Less tolerant to heat and drought
Perennial Ryegrass
  • Dark green colour
  • Has good wear tolerance
  • Great for patching and overseeding
  • Rapid germination
  • Has nice colour
  • Cool-season grass
  • Less shade tolerant
  • Roots do not spread
Annual Ryegrass
  • Light green colour
  • Quick germination
  • Capable of holding back weeds until other grasses have time to get established
  • Is not shade tolerant
  • May not survive the winter
Fine fescue includes red, chewings and hard fescues)
  • Very fine-textured
  • More shade tolerant than ryegrass and bluegrass
  • Drough tolerant
  • Low maintenance grass
  • Cool-season grass
  • Slow to germinate
  • Not as durable in heavy traffic
Tall Fescues
  • WInter-hardy grass
  • Highly drought tolerant
  • Toughest in high-traffic sites and hot spots prone to drought
  • Cool-season grass
  • Good heat and drought tolerance
  • Large root system (therefore tend to grow well with less irrigation during hot summers)
  • Blades are not as soft as Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Prefers warmer soils for quicker establishment
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