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Choosing the Right Grass Seed

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

One of the most important decisions you will make during the year concerning your lawn is which type of grass seed to spread. But the choice does not have to be confusing or stressful. There are some simple things to keep in mind when selecting a grass seed.

Anyone with a lawn knows that it can be finicky from time to time. Planting too late or too early, using the wrong fertilizer, and spreading the wrong type of grass seed can all create problems. But a little bit of knowledge about the major types of grass seed will go a long way in helping you choose the right seed for your lawn.
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Grass Seed Types

  • Red Fescue. This type of grass seed is known for growing thick and compact. Planting creeping red fescue will bind your lawn together and have it looking full and lush.
  • Meadow Grass. This is one of the more versatile types of grass seed. Smooth stalked meadow grass is very resistant to wear and tear and is especially efficient in times of severe drought.
  • Bentgrass. This grass seed is one of the golden oldies. It provides a sturdy base to your lawn and stays green throughout the winter months when cold temperatures do their damage. It also grows compact and is a favorite seed for golf courses.
  • Mixtures. You also have the option of combining these grass seed types to get the lawn look and feel you want. A mixture is a good idea when you have specific growing conditions. Extreme moisture or heat are two instances where you might want a grass seed mixture on your lawn.

Informing yourself about the different types of grass seeds available to you is the best way to prepare for a beautiful lawn.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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