Grass Seed Guide

Helpful Facts about Lawn Grasses

 

Species or Variety

Aprox Days Germ

Permanence

Texture

Shade Quality

Colour

Creeping Habits

Fertility Req.

For Heavy Wear

For Quick Cover

Aprox. Seed/LB in 1000’s

Disease Resistant

Remarks

      Bluegrasses

Common Kentucky

0217 Fylking

Merion

Cheri

Park

Canada

Poa trivialis

 

 

21-28

21-28

21-28

21-28

14-21

21-28

21-28

 

Fair

Excellent

Good

Excellent

Fair

Med

Poor

 

Fine

Fine

Med

Med

Fine

Med

Fine

 

Fair

Fair

Poor

Fair

Fair

Poor

Good

 

Blue-Green

Blue-Green

Dk-Bl-Green

Med Green

Blue-Green

Med Green

Lt Green

 

Fair

Very Good

Very Good

Very Good

Poor

Good

Fair

 

Med

High

High

Med

Med

Low

Low

 

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

 

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

 

2,200

1,800

2,200

2,200

2,200

2,500

2,500

 

Fair

Excellent

Poor

Good

Fair

Fair

Fair

 

An old reliable

Can tolerate ½” cutting height

High Maint. – Poor in shade

Low growing – good density

Fastest started Bluegrass

Little used

For shade only

       Red Fescues

Creeping Red

Pennlawn

 

 

10-21

10-21

 

Good

Good

 

Fine

Fine

 

Good

Good

 

Lt Green

Med Green

 

Fair

Good

 

Low

Low

 

Yes

Yes

 

Fair

Fair

 

545

545

 

Good

Good

 

Versatile – easily maintained

Improved variety

  Chewing Fescues

Koket

Common Chewings

Tall Fescue

 

 

10-21

10-21

10-14

 

Good

Fair

Good

 

Fine

Fine

Coarse

 

Good

Good

Poor

 

Med Green

Med Green

Lt Green

 

Poor

Poor

Fair

 

Low

Low

Low

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Fair

Fair

Yes

 

545

545

230

 

Good

Good

Good

 

Salt tolerant – low growing

Good companion grass

Not for lawns – okay for roadsides

        Bentgrass

Colonial

Seaside

Penncross

Red Top

 

 

21-28

21-28

21-28

10-14

 

Fair

Good

Good

Poor

 

Very Fine

Very Fine

Very Fine

Fine

 

Good

Good

Good

No

 

Lt Green

Lt Green

Lt Green

Med Green

 

Very Good

Very Good

Very Good

Poor

 

High

High

High

Med

 

No

No

No

No

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

8,000

7,800

8,500

4,900

 

Fair

Fair

Good

Good

 

Used on golf courses & lawns

Used on fairways

Ideal for gold greens

Good for nursegrass

        Rye Grass

Annual

Perennial

Norlea

 

7-14

7-14

7-14

 

1 Year

2-3 Year

Good

 

Coarse

Coarse

Med

 

Fair

Fair

Fair

 

Lt Green

Lt Green

Blue-Green

 

None

None

None

 

Low

Low

Med

 

No

No

Fair

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

226

226

200

 

Good

Good

Good

 

1 Year only nursegrass

Coarser hardier nursergrass

Excellent companion for improved varieties

White Clover

 

14

Good

None

Fair

Lt Green

Good

Med

Yes

No

680

Good

Stains clothing excessively