The Science Behind Our Grass Seed Mixtures
In 1980, scientists at Rutgers University noticed that some patches of grass were healthy and green, while the rest of the lawn had succumbed to insect pests. They found that the healthy grass was host to an endophytic fungus. An endophyte is a plant that lives within another plant. This fungus lives within certain grass plant varieties and is transmitted through the grass seed. 1-5 weeks after the seeds germinate, the mycelium (vegetative filaments of the fungus) migrate to the lower part of the grass stem. Any insects that feed on the grass, including chinch bugs, aphids, sod webworms, cutworms, billbugs and certain weevils are then poisoned. Our exclusive lawn seed mixtures contain these beneficial endophytes. Scientists believe that endophytes produce alkaloids which affect the osmotic balance of the insect's stomach. Endophytes do not harm the host grass and do not disrupt the ecological balance of a healthy lawn. Besides being completely natural, our Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures and All-Ways Greener™
Grass Seed Mix have many advantages. With less care, less watering, less weeding and less fertilizing than other lawns need, there's absolutely no reason to look anywhere else. Additionally, All-Ways Greener™
Grass Seed Mix requires less mowing, creating the ultimate low-impact, low-maintenance lush and thick lawn.
Roots reach down 2-4' and draw moisture from the subsoil long after shallow-rooted bluegrass has dried up and gone dormant. Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures stay lush green with little watering even in the summer heat.
Microorganisms called endophytes live inside Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures, making the grass poisonous to sod webworms, cutworms, aphids and even chinch bugs.
Thatch buildup fosters disease and harbors insects. Since thatch only develops with the heavy use of synthetic fertilizers, there's no need to worry that thatch will occur in Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures.
Chokes out weeds
The deep root systems in Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures support thicker and more vigorous top growth than bluegrass and is far superior in crowding out weeds.
Stays out of flower beds
Root runners in Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures won't spread like bluegrass, eliminating the need to trim grass away from gardens and flowerbeds.
Requires less nitrogen fertilizer
Save time and money! Turf Alive! ®
Grass Seed Mixtures need only 50-66% of the nitrogen fertilizer that typical bluegrass lawns require.
Choosing the Right Mat or Mixture
What grass seed is best for your lawn? When considering grass seed for sale, you're your grow zone into account. Some grasses perform better in the northern regions of the country while others can take the heat in the South. We offer grass seeds formulated for the different areas. Next, consider what type of lawn you'd like. Our Turf Alive! mixtures stand up to traffic and have the traditional lawn look while our All-Ways Greener Mixture includes lower growing, finer-textured grasses that don't require weekly mowing.
Mat or Mixture Options
When deciding on getting a grass seed mat or bag of grass seed, consider the space you want to seed. The grass seed bags are better for larger areas, while the mats (pre-loaded with enough seed to cover 6 square feet) are ideal for smaller areas.
Getting the Most Out of Your Lawn Seed Purchase
A healthy lawn makes a great first impression for visitors. It also creates an inviting space for walking and recreation.
Getting Started with Lawn Care
Before buying grass seed, consider how you want your lawn to look and how much time you want to spend mowing. Our mixtures require less mowing than some others, and our All-Ways Greener Mix doesn't require weekly mowing.
How to Plant Grass Seed
When planting grass seed, prepare the seed bed by plowing or spading, followed by discing and raking. The soil should have a fine, granular texture. Once the bed is prepared, broadcast seed over it or place seed mats on it. Then water regularly.
You can also overseed into an existing lawn. To improve germination, aerate the lawn or cover the seed with a fine layer of top soil.
How Much Grass Seed Do I Need
In new beds, sow grass seed at the rate of 6 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. If overseeding, the rate varies from 1-2 lbs. (if aerating or covering with topsoil) to 6 lbs. (if broadcasting only) per 1,000 sq. ft.
When to Plant Grass Seed
Grass seed is best planted in the fall, but can also be planted in the spring. If planting in the spring, be sure to water regularly.
How Often to Water New Grass Seed
A newly seeded lawn should be watered daily. After germination, continue to water regularly as the new seedlings have not established deep roots.
How Long Does It Take Grass Seed to Grow?
With regular watering grass seed usually germinates in 7-10 days. However, the new blades will be thin. Allow the grass to grow at least one-third higher than its normal mowing length before mowing. Depending on the growing conditions, this could be six weeks after planting.
How Long Does Grass Seed Last?
If stored in a cool, dry place grass seed can last 4-5 years. However, the germination rate may decrease over time.
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