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Lawn Care Guide: Step 4 Choose The Right Grass Seed


Step 4: Choose The Right Grass Seed

Because every lawn is different, you’ll find many different grass seed varieties to choose from. When selecting a grass seed, look for specific variety uses and characteristics listed on the bag. Select the type that best suits your yard's sun exposure, moisture availability and traffic pattern.

Grass Seed Blends and Mixtures: Turfgrasses play an important role in many aspects of our daily lives. Turfgrasses are used for residential lawns, roadsides, public recreation areas, playing surfaces for athletic fields, golf courses and in many other applications. Over the last 20 years, great strides have been made in the improvement of traditional turfgrasses by increasing disease resistance, drought tolerance, cold tolerance and overall persistence.

Each turfgrass variety and species has its own unique growth, quality and adaptation characteristics. Generally speaking, a grass seed blend or mixture such as Dura Green(r) Turf Mixture With AquaBond(r) is the best grass seed for most lawns because it will thrive within a broader range of growing conditions and provides the added benefit of greater disease resistance.

Every variety and species used in Southern States grass blends and mixtures has been chosen for its ability to enhance overall performance. Southern States turfgrasses encompass the full range of turf species and have been specifically adapted for quality, durability and adaptation to growing conditions in our territory.

At Southern States, we strive to supply you with the best turf grass seed products on the market. We go above and beyond industry standards of testing to supply you with some of the purest products available. Compare our grass seed labels to comparable brands and you will see the difference for yourself!

Helpful Tip: Beware of "low-cost" seed mixes because they often contain common, unadapted, low-quality grass seed. Southern States specializes in top quality grass seed that has been developed and tested for its superior growth results and disease resistance.

*How to read a seed tag

Southern States Premium Grass Seed

Premium Grass Seed Mixture

Southern States Premium Grass Seed bag> A premium mixture of durable turf-type tall fescue and recuperative Kentucky bluegrass. The best combination of grass seed Southern States offers

> Contains only superior varieties and is 99.9% weed free and has an overall germination of 90% surpassing industry standards

> Provides the utmost in disease, heat and drought resistance with a superior dark green color

> Each seed is coated with the ALL-VANTAGE® advanced seed coating system with AquaBond and NUTRI-START seed enhancements
AQUABOND logoALL-VANTAGE logo
> This revolutionary combination provides improved water management, increased seed survivability and promotes germination, emergence and early root growth

20 lb. covers up to 6,500 sq. ft. (021-42804)

Premium Shadescape Mixture

Southern States Premium Shadescape Mixture bag> A premium mixture of improved fine fescue, tall fescue and perennial ryegrasses selected for their performance under low light conditions

> Designed to provide excellent performance in dense shade, where other products will not grow

> Each seed is coated with the ALL-VANTAGE advanced seed coating system with AquaBond and NUTRI-START seed enhancements.

> This revolutionary combination provides improved water management, increased seed survivability and promotes germination, emergence and early root growth

AQUABOND logoALL-VANTAGE logo20 lb. covers up to 8,000 sq. ft. (021-42484)

Southern States Premium Seed Benefits

Double Your Money-Back Guarantee

If you are not completely satisfied with your grass seed, we will send you a Southern States gift card for twice the purchase price of the seed. (See back of bag for details.)

ALL-VANTAGE® Advanced Seed Coating System with AquaBond and NUTRI-START

AquaBond with Nutri-Start is a revolutionary new seed enhancement that is both plant and environmentally friendly. This concept is designed to give your seed every advantage possible including improved water management and seed survivability. This proprietary seed treatment combines 2 cutting edge products, a long lasting water absorbing polymer and a micro-nutrient fertilizer package. The process starts with the water absorbing polymer that bonds to all available water and then releases it back to the seed as it is needed, allowing the seed to germinate and grow during dry spells until additional moisture is received. The Nutri-Start component contains essential micronutrients to aid in germination, emergence and promote early root growth. These treatments are then coated with our advanced ALL-VANTAGE® seed coating with Adhere 108 binding polymer that ensures your investment stays where it should - on the seed.

AquaBond

  • Can store over 200 times its weight in water
  • Works by releasing a steady supply of water as the plants need it
  • Non-toxic, safe and economical to use
  • Maintains applied water in the root zone effectively increasing water use efficiency by up to 50%
  • Can last several seasons in the soil

Nutri-Start

  • Manganese: involved in enzyme activity for photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogen metabolism
  • Zinc: acts as a growth activator. It is also a necessary nutrient for chlorophyll synthesis and carbohydrate formation. Additionally, zinc plays an important role in enhancing a plant's natural defense systems against pathogens
  • Iron: needed for formation of chlorophyll, and acts as a catalyst for making other nutrients function

AQUABOND logo

Grass Seed Mixtures and Blends

Spring: Mar-May Fall: Sept-Oct
  Ingredients Sun Exposure Leaf Texture High Traffic Area Use
Premium Mixtures
Southern States Premium Grass Seed Mixture bagSouthern States Premium Grass Seed Mixture Premium Blend of 3 Different Turf-type Tall Fescues Plus Kentucky Bluegrass Full Sun, Partial Shade
Fine To Medium
Very Good
Southern States Premium Shadescape Mixture bagSouthern States Premium Shadescape Mixture Chewings Fescue, Hard Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass Shade Fine to Very Fine Fair
Blends and Mixtures
Tall Fescue Grass Seed bagTall Fescue Grass Seed 3-Way Tall Fescue Blend Full Sun, Partial Shade Fine To Medium
Very Good
Duragreen Grass Seed MixtureDuragreen Grass Seed Mixture Mixture Premium Blend of 3 Different Turf-Type Tall Fescues Plus Kentucky Bluegrass
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Fine To Medium Very Good
Sundance Brand Heat Tolerant MixtureSundance Brand Heat Tolerant Mixture 90% Tall Fescue, 10% Heat Tolerant Kentucky Bluegrass Full Sun, Partial Shade Fine To Medium Very Good
Chipmate Brand Perennial Ryegrass BlendChipmate Brand Perennial Ryegrass Blend 3-Way Perennial Ryegrass Blend Full Sun, Partial Shade Fine Good
Sunspot Brand BermudaSunspot Brand Bermuda
Bermudagrass
Full Sun Fine Excellent
  Planting Date
Seeding Rate Per 1,000 Sq. Ft**
Days To Germinate
Sizes Available
Premium Mixtures
Southern States Premium Grass Seed Mixture bagSouthern States Premium Grass Seed Mixture
Spring: Mar-May
Fall: Sept-Oct
New Lawns: 6-8 lb.
Existing Lawns: 3-4 lb.
7 to 21
20 lb. (021-42803)
Southern States Premium Shadescape Mixture bagSouthern States Premium Shadescape Mixture
Spring: Mar-May
Fall: Sept-Oct
New Lawns: 5-6 lb.
Existing Lawns: 2-3 lb.
7 to 21
20 lb. (021-42483)
Blends and Mixtures
Tall Fescue Grass Seed bagTall Fescue Grass Seed
Spring: Mar-May Fall: Sept-Oct
New Lawns: 8-10 lb.
Existing Lawns: 4-5 lb.
7 to 21
20 lb. (021-42783)
Duragreen Grass Seed MixtureDuragreen Grass Seed Mixture Mixture
New Lawns: 6-8 lb.
Existing Lawns: 3-4 lb.
7 to 21
3 lb. (021-424951)
10 lb. (021-42496)
Sundance Brand Heat Tolerant MixtureSundance Brand Heat Tolerant Mixture Spring: Mar-May New Lawns: 5-7 lb.
Existing Lawns: 3-4 lb.
7 to 21 3 lb. (021-41002)
10 lb. (021-41003)
25 lb. (021-41004)
Chipmate Brand Perennial Ryegrass BlendChipmate Brand Perennial Ryegrass Blend
Spring: Mar-May Fall: Sept-Oct
New Lawns: 6-8 lb.
Existing Lawns: 4-5 lb. Overseeding Warm Season Grasses: 6-20 lb.
7 to 14 3 lb. (021-41101)
10 lb. (021-41102)
25 lb. (021-41103)
50 lb. (021-41104)
Sunspot Brand BermudaSunspot Brand Bermuda
Spring/Summer: May-July
New Lawns: 2-3 lb.
Existing Lawns: .5-1.5 lb.
10 to 21
3 lb. (021-45230)
10 lb. (021-45231)
25 lb. (021-45234)
(**) Rates may vary due to local conditions. Lower rates apply to overseeding recommendations.
 

 

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