How to Pick the Right Grass Seed

What Grass Should I Plant in My Lawn?

There are a few considerations when choosing the correct grass for your lawn. The first is to decide what do you want from your lawn. Do you want a grass that is drought tolerant and low maintenance? Do you want a grass that is durable to heavy traffic like kids play areas and dog runs? Do you want the manicured look of a golf course fairway? What is your sun exposure? These are all factors in determining the best grass seed for your growing conditions. Read below to find the perfect grass for your lawn.

Shade vs. Sun Grass Seed

The most tolerant grass seed for both sun and shade conditions will be turf-type tall fescue blends such as Macho Mix, Heat Wave and Overtime. Bluegrasses such as Blue Wave and Estate Mix are sun worshippers and will perform best in full sun and tolerate partial shade areas. Our best grass seed mix for heavily shaded areas under big trees is a special blend of shade tolerant grass seed varieties in Uncle’s Premium Shade Mix. If dense shade is a problem area for you read Uncle’s Five Idiot-Proof Tips to Keep Grass Growing Under Trees.

Does Your Lawn Get Lots of Kid or Dog Traffic?

Heavy traffic grass areas, whether back yards or football fields, need grasses that grow vigorously to stand up to wear and tear. Overseeding play areas and dog runs with high traffic tolerant Stadium Special, a perennial ryegrass blend, frequently throughout the season, will give support to your existing lawn and blend well with bluegrass or fescue.

Cool Season Grass vs. Warm Season Grass for the Midwest

In our Midwest region, cool season grasses like fescue and bluegrass perform the very best. Early spring green up and year-round good looks of fescue and bluegrass make beautiful lawns with the least amount of maintenance. Warm season grasses like zoysia and Bermuda are very late to green up in spring and go dormant and turn a drab brown in early fall. In climate zones from Kansas City to Omaha, Grass Pad recommends cool season grasses, like fescue, ryegrass and bluegrass.

How Can I Tell What Kind of Grass I Have?

Are you unsure of what kind of grass you currently have in your yard? Either bring a clump of grass into the Grass Pad or send us a picture of the blade and root structure. The closer the focus of the photo is to the individual blade, the easier it will be for us to see what grass variety it is.

See Related: Bringing Grass Samples? – Read this first.

What Kind of Grass Do I Have in My Lawn?

How Do I Tell the Quality of Grass Seed?

High quality turf grass seed does not have fillers or fluff in the bag. Seed should be 98% pure and 100% weed free. Don’t presume fancy branded bags are all pure grass seed. Some are half full with peat moss and other inert matter. That makes expensive seed and expensive peat moss. High value grass seed mixes like Estate Mix and Macho Mix are all grass seeds with no filler added. Remember, the magic is in the grass seed, not in the filler. All Grass Pad seed varieties are University tested for performance and laboratory tested for purity. Read more about choosing quality grass seed in Grass Pad’s Grass Seed Buyers Guide.

Macho Mix Turf-Type Tall Thin Fescue Seed

Macho Mix™ – Low maintenance at the top of your priority list? Grass Pad’s best fescue blend plus 5% perennial rye grass has the ability to hold up in heavy traffic areas. Great for play zones and dog runs.

Uncle's Premium Shade Grass Seed

Uncle’s Premium Shade Mix– Custom blended shade tolerant grass seed varieties are chosen for their low water and nutrient requirements. For best results growing grass in shade, follow Uncle’s Idiot Proof shade tips.

Heat Wave Turf-Type Tall Thin Fescue Seed

Heat Wave® – Grass Pad’s premier turf-type tall fescue grass seed blend. Dark green color with exceptional root strength provide durability and drought tolerance. Genetic diversity for improved disease resistance.  Excellent in full sun or shade.

Grass Pad Estate Bluegrass and Perennial Rye Mix

Estate Mix™ – Grass Pad’s best bluegrass variety blend plus perennial rye grass is an excellent choice for fall and spring renovating. Aggressive spreading bluegrass self repairing routine damage plus perennial rye adds durability.

Heat Wave Plus Fescue and Bluegrass Seed Mix

Heat Wave® Plus  Grass Pad’s best performing fescue blend with bluegrass added to improve stand density. This top rated grass seed combination delivers drought tolerance of fescue plus durability and self repair of aggressive bluegrass.

Grass Pad Stadium Special Perennial Rye Seed

Stadium Special™ – Wear tolerance and play ability of Grass Pad’s fastest growing perennial rye grass blend can be used over bluegrass and fescue lawns. Perennial rye grasses are used on golf courses and sports fields for their durability and good looks.

Blue Wave Bluegrass Seed

Blue Wave® – Grass Pad’s best bluegrass blend makes the most desirable lawn. Aggressive rhizomes allow it to spread and self-repair. Bluegrass is more wear tolerant than fescue and ideal for sports fields and backyards.

Overtime Turf-Type Tall Thin Fescue Seed

Overtime®– Improved Turf-Type tall fescue blend. The original elite fescue blend. Excellent in full sun and shade. Good drought and heat tolerant seed varieties.


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