Before you start a fertilizer program, do a soil test so you know you’re applying the correct blend of nutrients. In some parts of the country, soils may be acidic or alkaline and require additions of iron, magnesium or lime. Also, different types of grass need to be fertilized at different times of the year. Check with your local Cooperative Extension System office for help developing the right fertilizer program for your lawn.
Grow the Right Grass
Provide adequate moisture to grass, especially during episodes of drought or high temperatures. Provide deep, infrequent irrigation, which promotes healthy, deeper roots. Learn about lawn irrigation basics and how much grass actually needs.
Use only on established lawns of the following turf types: Bermudagrass, centipedegrass, all varieties of St. Augustinegrass (including floratam) and zoysia.
Anytime in early spring or fall
Aerating helps relieve soil compaction.
Water Saver contains a mixture of turf-quality tall fescue and RFT (rhizomatous tall fescue) seeds. The blend has a gorgeous color, a nice texture, and stands up to various diseases.
Sun Tolerance: Dense Shade | Climate: Cool-season | Size: 125 square feet | Grass Texture: Medium
The best time to plant grass seed depends on the type of seed and the climate. However, since most mixtures germinate when temperatures aren’t too hot or cold, planting in the spring or fall is typically ideal. Seedlings thrive in semi-warm soil with moderate daytime temps and slightly cooler evenings.
Best Bermudagrass: Sta-Green Grass Seed Bermudagrass
Sun Tolerance: Partial Sun | Climate: Hard Wear | Size: 1,200 square feet | Grass Texture: Fine
Sun Tolerance: Dense Shade to Full Sun | Climate: Drought, Cold Winters | Size: Up to 8,000 square feet | Grass Texture: Fine
Pennington One Step Complete blends the brand’s Smart Seed with mulch and professional-grade fertilizer, allowing it to thrive in densely shaded areas. This all-in-one grass seed sprouts seedlings in as little as a week, even in the tricky corners of your lawn that don’t see more than two hours of direct sunlight a day. Whether you’re growing a lawn from scratch, or you’re just looking to patch up sparse areas, this ultra-absorbent mixture is a quick and easy solution for achieving a lush, spot-free yard.
Thrives in sun and shade
Some grass types thrive in cooler temperatures, while other types grow faster in a warmer climate. Some grasses prefer a dry arid climate, while others prefer a wet climate.
During the cooler seasons around late fall and into the winter months, the grass will become dormant and turn brown and will grow once again when the warmer seasons begin to arrive.
Good to Also Consider
The fall magic mixture is specially formulated for seeding in late summer to early fall. As the seed mix contains ryegrass, bluegrass, and creeping red fescue, the seeds have an all-around tolerance to a variety of growing conditions. To get the fastest germination rate, the seeds should be planted in well-moisturized soil that has a pH level of 6.5-6.8.
Do you live in a warm climate that has a lot of hot sun and experiences periods of drought? Maybe you live in a cooler climate where there is a lot of rain? All of these questions will determine what type of grass seed is the right fit for your lawn.
The Pennington Smart Seed Sun and Shade Seeds are one of the top-selling grass seed products in the Northern States of the US. It is a very versatile seed mix that is engineered to be drought, heat, and disease resistant. It can survive in almost any type of climate and soil type, so you could also use it if you live in the southern states.