Best grass for your lawn

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Grass Seed Buying Guide

A lush, well-maintained lawn does more than improve the appearance of your home. It reduces soil erosion, absorbs rainfall, provides filtration for groundwater and improves air quality by absorbing dust and other particles and produces much-needed oxygen. Whether you are trying to grow your lawn from scratch or attempting to bolster existing grass ravaged by winter or disease, planting grass seed can help you create a beautiful, green lawn. Before you make a purchase, consider the following questions:

  • Are you planting a new lawn or reseeding bare spots?
  • Is your lawn subjected to low, medium or high traffic?
  • How much time and money do you want to invest in lawn care?
  • Does your yard receive full, partial or no sun at all?
  • Do you prefer straight seed or a mixture of different varieties?

Seed Types, Planting Tips and Selection
Starting a new lawn from seed is an affordable and cost-effective way to create exactly the type of outdoor environment you want. When planning your lawn, you’ll need to select what type of grass you want to grow. There are many different options, and it is important to select a variety that matches both your climate and the amount of sun and shade exposure in your yard. It is also important to choose grass with care and maintenance requirements conducive to your schedule and lifestyle. You should consider how much traffic your lawn will receive and purchase grass seed designed to absorb that level of impact.

Grass Types:
There are two main categories of turf grass, warm season and cool season. Warm season grass originates in the South and grows best in hot weather. Most warm season grass goes dormant and turns brown with cool temperatures. Warm season grass should be planted in late spring. Cool season grass generally originates from the North and is characterized by rapid growth in the spring and fall. Cool season grass often turns brown during periods of high summer heat. The best time to plant cool season grass is in the late summer or early fall.

  • Common warm season grasses include Bermuda, Bahia, St. Augustine and Zoysia
  • Lawns in warmer climates can be reseeded during winter for green grass all year long
  • Common cool-season grasses include Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass
  • All types of cool-season grass can be grown from seed
  • Some warm season grasses must be grown from sod or grass sprigs

Buying Considerations:
When purchasing grass seed, consult the label to learn what type or types of seed are included, as well as any other materials. Straight seed consists of only one type of grass and is suited to situations where you want to achieve a certain look or effect. Blends (several varieties of one type) and mixtures (combination of different types) offer better disease resistance and a uniform lawn.

For mixed grass seed, the percentage of each type of grass varies from blend to blend. Avoid mixtures that read “variety not stated” as this may indicate poor seed quality. Directions for use will provide an idea of how much area the seed will cover and other specifics about planting.

The germination percentage is also listed and indicates the proportion of seed that will germinate if growing conditions are at their best. Look for percentages at or above 75%.

  • While all seed contains some weeds, look for brands that list less than 0.5%
  • Select seed that contains 0% of noxious weeds, which can damage your lawn
  • Inert matter, such as chaff, dirt or other filler materials should be less than 2%
  • Other crops, such as Timothy, may also be listed — allow only 1 to 2%
  • Avoid seed over 10 months past its expiration date as it may not germinate properly

Planting Tips:
Before planting grass seed in a new area, it’s important to properly prepare the soil. First, work the soil using a sharp garden tool. Remove existing plants, weeds, rocks and stones. Then, mix in some organic material to help the soil retain water and rake it smooth. Next, spread fertilizer over the prepared soil to improve germination and help the new grass grow. Afterward, sow the grass seed evenly, according to the directions. Rake the seed into the top 1/8″ of soil.

  • Use a lawn spreader or, for smaller spots, you can sow seed by hand
  • Mulch the seeded area with garden fabric or straw to retain moisture
  • Water daily until germination occurs, then less often but more heavily
  • When new grass height is 3″ high, remove the mulch and lightly mow
  • Protect the lawn from people or animals by roping it off until the grass is grown

Which Grass is Best for Your Area?

Choose types adapted to your local climate and soil conditions. The newest varieties have greater resistance to drought and disease and need less maintenance

Note: Within each zone, certain species do better in some locales than others. Your state’s cooperative extension can make recommendations

Zone 1: Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: A cool-season perennial from Europe. Deep roots help it survive foot traffic and drought.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: ‘Rebel IV’ and ‘Tarheel II’ tolerate some fungi.

Alternatives: Perennial

ryegrass, fine-leaf fescue,

Zoysia, Kentucky bluegrass

Zone 2: Zoysia grass (Zoysia spp.)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This Asian import can tolerate shade, insects, disease, and dryness but goes brown at the first hint of cold weather. Grows slowly; patch damaged areas with sod.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Meyer,’ ‘Zenith,’ and ‘Compadre’ are winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Bermuda grass,

tall fescue

Zone 3: St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This plug- or sod-grown species does best in sandy soil and bright sun. Sensitive to foot traffic and chewing insects.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Raleigh,’ ‘Delmar,’ and ‘Mercedes’ are shade-tolerant and winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Centipede grass, Bahia grass, Seashore paspalum

Zone 4: Bermuda grass (Cynodon spp.)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: Originally from Africa, it thrives in full sun, spreads aggressively, and needs lots of fertilizer. Mow 1 to 2 inches high.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Riviera,’ ‘Yukon,’ and ‘Patriot’ handle cooler temperatures.

Alternatives: Tall fescue, Buffalo grass, Zoysia

Zone 5: Buffalo Grass (Buchloe dactyloides)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This American native needs little water and almost no fertilizer. Too much of either encourages weeds.

When to plant: April and May

Newest varieties: ‘Bowie,’ ‘Density,’ and ‘Texoka’ have the best turf.

Alternatives: Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue

Zone 6: Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: Recovers well from drought, cold, and foot traffic. Popular for sod; seeds take up to 30 days to sprout. In hot weather, water twice as much as fescue.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: ‘NuDestiny’ resists some fungi; ‘Midnight’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ are best for shade.

Alternatives: Fine-leaf and tall fescue

SELECTING THE RIGHT GRASS FOR YOUR REGION

Even the best maintained lawns won’t last forever. Wear and tear, hungry insects, weather extremes, and your ever-changing landscape can all take their toll.

If you’ve ever looked for grass seed at your neighborhood hardware store or garden center, then you know that selecting the right grass seed requires a little bit of homework. It’s not as easy as picking a bag off the shelf. There are several varieties and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all that would be suitable for all locations and applications.

Here are some guidelines for selecting the right grass seed for your region and application, one that will deliver years of pleasure for you and your family.

Match the grass type to your location. Grass types fall into two basic categories: Warm-season and cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses are adapted to grow in the southern part of the United States. They grow actively during the summer months and then become dormant during cooler, winter months. Popular warm-season grasses include St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bahia, and Bermuda grass.

Cool-season grasses grow actively during the spring and fall months and then slow during hot, summer months. They grow best in the northern regions of the country where winter temperatures fall below freezing. Popular cool-season grasses include bluegrass, ryegrass and the fine fescues.

Match the grass type to your application. Grass varieties share common traits, which help determine their application. Here are a few traits and characteristics to consider: among the cool season grasses, Kentucky Bluegrass features deep-green color, attractive appearance, tolerates foot traffic and cold well. The Perennial Ryegrasses establish quickly from seed, holding topsoil in place. They also have an attractive green color that holds up well to mowing. The fine fescues are among the most versatile of the cool-season grasses. They are the most shade tolerant of all grass varieties but they also do well in full sun, have low fertility and irrigation requirements. With the warm-season grasses, new, improved varieties of Bermuda grass are known to be incredibly tough while some homeowners think Zoysiagrass also has the look of luxury.

Before selecting your grass seed, think about how you use your yard today and how that might change in the future. Children can be tough on lawns so you may want to consider species that are tolerant of high traffic. Also, landscapes change over time and grass plants that were once in the sun may one day find themselves in the shade. Annual over seeding is a great way to introduce new and more competitive grass plants into your lawn that can adapt to changing conditions.

Make the right choice. The type of grass most suitable for your lawn depends on several factors, including where in the country you are located, how you want your lawn to look, and how you’ll be using your lawn. Renovating or over seeding in the spring or fall will help ensure your lawn will stay attractive and healthy for years to come.

A professional may suggest using a combination of lawn seed varieties that will combine different traits and help your lawn fend off adverse weather conditions, insect attacks and damaging diseases. A professional can also offer advice on the best way to renovate an existing lawn and care for new growth to ensure a lush, healthy growth.

Photo courtesy of Hoffman Landscapes, Wilton, CT.

Before you seed or sod your lawn, consider the climate in your region. “Temperature is the biggest consideration,” says Scotts Miracle-Gro turf grass scientist Phil Dwyer.

The first step? Determine whether you’re located in the North, the South, or the transition zone (according to Landscape-America.com, the strip of land that “follows the lower elevations of Virginia and North Carolina west through West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas and includes southern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas”). Then, choose from these options:

North: Kentucky Bluegrass

Cool season grasses do best in more moderate temperatures, and this grass is ideal. “It’s great for heavy traffic, it’s very durable, and it’s self-repairing, Dwyer says.

North: Perennial Ryegrass

This is a popular choice if you want to mix grasses thanks to its ability to grow quickly and hold up under heavy traffic, but it can also be sown on its own.

North: Fine Fescue

This fine grass prefers shade, making it a good option for areas beneath trees. It won’t hold up to foot traffic as well as Kentucky bluegrass, but you can use it for filling in areas where other types of grass might not grow.

North/Transition: Tall Fescue

With its deep roots, this type of grass can survive drought periods—great for areas near the transition zone, or places that don’t get tons of rain. It also withstands heat well, so it will work in super hot regions.

Transition: Zoysia Grass

This transition zone grass prefers full sun. Its thickness makes it a popular option for golf courses.

Transition: Bermuda Grass

This versatile warm-season grass does well in areas that often reach the upper 80s and 90s, but it can also withstand colder periods. It’s common down south and in California.

South: St. Augustine Grass

Even further down south—in parts of southern Texas and Florida—you’ll want a grass that can tolerate extreme heat and droughts. This wide-bladed grass is coarse and tough, and can even be grown in soils with some sand.

South: Centipede Grass

Looking for a low-maintenance option? This one’s for you! This short, low-growing grass holds its own against pests and is commonly found in the Carolinas, Louisiana, and Mississippi since it can grow in acidic soils.

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Choose the Right Grass for Your Lawn

Bahia

Bahia is a tough turfgrass especially suited to the heat and humidity of the South. It has a rougher texture than most turfgrasses, but because of this toughness it can handle heavy foot traffic with ease.

Bermuda

Bermuda’s aggressive growth habit gives it excellent weed resistance. That same trait can be a problem when Bermuda invades flower beds. Bermuda is wear-resistant and drought-tolerant. Overseeding with rye will provide a green lawn during winter.

Bluegrass

Bluegrass is the turfgrass of choice in cooler northern areas. The color and texture are exceptional with the right growing conditions. Sunlight, good soil and a regular water supply are key to a beautiful bluegrass lawn.

Centipede

Centipede is a tough, low-growing, low-maintenance turfgrass. It grows best in the acidic soil of the lower South. Centipede has a rougher texture than most turfgrasses, but with proper care it has excellent weed and pest resistance.

Fescue

The fescue family has several members, including fine fescue, Chewings fescue, creeping red fescue, hard fescue and tall fescue. All varieties can withstand cold winters. Tolerance for heat, drought, shade and wear varies, so check the label for details. All fescue responds well to a regular fertilizing and aerating schedule.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass germinates quickly and holds up to foot traffic. Ryegrass is a common addition to cool-season grass mixes and the overseeding “winter green” option for warm-season lawns.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the turfgrass of choice in warm climates where sandy soil is prevalent. The blue-green color lasts into fall, unlike other warm-season grasses.

Zoysia

Zoysia prefers a warm, sunny and well-drained growing site. Zoysia takes more care than most turfgrasses, but when its needs are met, the reward is a lush, luxurious lawn.

Best Grass Seed Reviews UK: For Fine, Fast Growing, Hard Wearing or Shaded Lawns

For an amateur lawn keeper, shopping for grass seed can be confusing. However, if you want your lawn to look its best all year round, choosing the best grass seed for the job is important.

But what does the term ‘best grass seed’ even mean? And how do you go about choosing the correct grass seed for your garden?

In this article, I’m going to talk about the different types of lawn seed and when you might want to choose one type over another.

We’ll then take a closer look at what I consider to be some of the best lawn seed blends to buy and use, depending on how you use your lawn and different environmental and climatic factors.

Table of Contents

The Best Grass Seed: My Top Picks

If you’re in a rush and you don’t want to read through this whole article, I’ve organised my top pick into a handy table.

You can either click the buttons to buy a product or click on the ‘My Review’ text links to jump to the review for that product.

Rolawn Medallion: The Best Grass Seed for Multi-Purpose Lawns

– A Very Reputable Supplier
– Excellent Quality
– More Expensive than Other Products

View on Rolawn.co.uk

Or Read My Review

GBW Grass Seed: The Best Hard Wearing Grass Seed

– Very Well Reviewed
– Quick to Germinate
– Tailored to the UK Climate

View on Amazon.co.uk

Or Read My Review

Rolawn Minster Pro: The Best Ornamental Grass Seed

– Used on Golf Courses in the UK
– Slow Growing
– Creates a Beautiful Lawn

View on Rolawn.co.uk

Or Read My Review

A1 Lawn AM Pro-9: The Best Grass Seed For Shade

– Creates Beautiful Lawns in Shady Areas
– A Blend of Fine and Hard Wearing Grasses
– Germinates Well

View on Amazon.co.uk

Or Read My Review

A1 Lawn Premiership Pro: The Best Fast Growing Grass Seed

– Very Quick to Germinate
– Resistant to Disease
– Incredibly Hard Wearing

View on Amazon.co.uk

Or Read My Review

Grass Seed Reviews: A Closer Look at My Top Picks

Here is a closer look at what I think are the best lawn seed products.

Important Note:

I have written these grass seed reviews under the assumption that your lawn is ready for grass seed to be sown.

If you’re creating a new lawn from scratch it’s vitally important that you prepare the ground properly. If not, you’ll face problems.

This article will help you do that;

  • How to Prepare the Ground For Sowing Grass Seed or Laying Turf

You also need to prepare the soil for overseeding your lawn in Spring and Autumn.

Excessive amounts of lawn thatch and moss, nutrient deficient, compacted soil and fungal disease will prevent even the best lawn seed from germinating and growing.

If your lawn is suffering from these problems, make sure you take care of them first. Otherwise, you’ll waste both time and money.

These articles will help;

  1. Lawn Moss Removal: What Causes it, How to Kill it, Remove it & Prevent it From Returning
  2. Scarification: Why, When and How to Scarify Your Lawn (The Ultimate Guide)
  3. Aerating a Lawn: Everything You Need to Know About Aerating Your Lawn (The Ultimate Guide)
  4. Lawn Fertiliser: What, Why, When and How to Feed Your Lawn

However, if these jobs have all been taken care of, read on.

1. Rolawn Medallion Lawn Seed Review: The Best General Purpose Grass Seed

If you’re looking for a general-purpose grass seed that will take some wear and tear but also look and feel luxurious, then Rolawn’s Medallion Premium Lawn Seed gets my top recommendation.

I recently reviewed Rolawn and discovered that their turfs and grass seeds are the basis for many award-winning gardens. They are also regularly featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden on ITV as well as supporting the BBC’s Gardeners World Live Show.

Rest assured, you’re in safe hands with their products as supply some of the best quality grass seed in the UK. That said, expect to pay a bit more for them as a result because they’re at the higher end of the price bracket.

The Seed Blend

Rolawn Medallion lawn seed blend is made up of;

  • 25% Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass – this gives the grass seed blend its tolerance to wear and tear. It also grows fairly low and produces that pleasing thick, lush look.
  • 45% Strong Creeping Red Fescue – is very tolerant to drought in both sunny and shaded areas. It’s not very susceptible to pests or diseases either which makes it very hardy.
  • 30% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – is very fine in appearance and used on golf courses. It gives this blend of grass seed its luxury look and feel.

What I and Others Think

Having used this particular grass seed mix on several projects, I’m a massive fan of Rolawn’s Medallion grass seed.

It’s quick to germinate when you’ve prepared and fertilised the ground properly and it grows evenly and reliably.

And it’s not just me that’s a fan. The online reviews for this Medallion grass seed are overwhelmingly positive.

Naturally, there are some negative reviews. Most of which are complaints about the grass seed not germinating.

The good thing about these reviews is that Rolawn often replies to them. This helps us understand the reasons behind the negativity. More often than not, it’s caused by a lack of knowledge on the side of the customer. Many of which sow the seed in the wrong conditions, either too early in the year or in the middle of summer when conditions are dry.

If you stick to spring (usually April/May) and autumn (usually end of August to end of September) you should have no problems.

Some people also comment on the cost. Many people say it’s expensive when compared to other brands and it is. But the fact is, you get what you pay for and I’ve found it to be an excellent product. For me, it’s the best grass seed for a general purpose lawn.

– A Very Reputable Supplier
– Excellent Quality
– More Expensive than Other Products

View on Rolawn.co.uk

2. GBW Grass Seed Review: Best Hard Wearing Grass Seed

If you want a hard wearing lawn for a kid’s play area or another purpose, GBW Grass Seed is excellent.

In fact, the company are so confident that it’ll germinate a grow quickly that they back it up with a 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee. This is a bold move considering the fact that the reason grass seed normally doesn’t germinate is down to the user.

GBW say their lawn seed is specifically tailored to the UK climate and contains a mixture of;

  • 43% Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass – This is a very high percentage of ryegrass which makes the blend very tolerant to wear and tear.
  • 40% Creeping Red Fescue – Another hard wearing grass which is tolerant to shade and drought as well as disease.
  • 12% Chewings Fescue – A tough, fine-bladed grass that grows to create a thick sward.
  • 5% Brown Top Bent – A fine grass that grows well, even in poor soils, often used on putting greens.

What I And Others Think

Many people might bork at this product because 43% ryegrass content is pretty high.

For some reason, ryegrass has gotten a bad name for itself. I don’t know why, but today’s Dwarf Amenity Ryegrasses are beautiful. In fact, they’re amongst the greenest grasses you’ll see.

If you’re not bothered about a bowling green lawn and your soil isn’t perfect, then having even a high ryegrass content will make for a really good-looking lawn.

This is another grass seed that I have used several times when creating play areas or lawns for rental properties. It germinates and grows very quickly and it creates a very decent looking area of grass.

Again, it’s not just me that’s a fan of this grass seed. It scores 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.co.uk from over 1,500 reviews.

That said, there are some negative reviews about the 1kg bag being underweight. I have never experienced this for myself but then I have never weighed the bag. Another big complaint is that the seed doesn’t germinate but there are so many reasons this could (or not) happen, it’s hard to comment.

In my experience though, GBW grass seed is an excellent choice if you’re seeding;

  • A play area
  • A lawn for a rental property where the lawn doesn’t need to be bowling green standard.
  • On top of less than perfect soil.

– Very Well Reviewed
– Quick to Germinate
– Tailored to the UK Climate

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3. Rolawn Minster Pro Review: Best Ornamental Lawn Seed

If you want an ornamental lawn or you want to improve the visual appearance of an existing lawn by adding finer grasses…

…In my opinion, Rolawn’s Minster Pro is the best grass seed for this.

I already talked about Rolawn earlier when reviewing their medallion grass seed so you’ll already know what I think about them as a company.

Their products and customer service are excellent.

Rolawn’s Minster Pro ornamental lawn seed is made up of;

  • 50% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – Have very fine, bristle-like leaves that grow slowly and form in mats.
  • 50% Chewings Fescue – Another slow-growing, fine-bladed grass with an excellent visual appearance.

Both of these grass types are used in golf courses all over the UK. They grow slowly and tolerate very close mowing which makes them perfect for ornamental lawns.

Rolawn’s Minster Pro grass seed is a very good product that combines just two species of grass to create a beautiful appearance.

It’s a slow growing grass seed but that said, the result is worth the wait.

This grass seed is also rated very highly online too. Nearly every product you can think of has at least one negative or one-star review. But Minster Pro only scores 4 or 5 stars.

Again though, it is on the higher end of the price bracket. But, you get what you pay for and Minster Pro lawn seed is beautiful.

– Used on Golf Courses in the UK
– Slow Growing
– Creates a Beautiful Lawn

View on Rolawn.co.uk

4. A1 Lawn Premium Shady Lawn Seed Review: Best Grass Seed For Shade

If your lawn is covered in shade cast by buildings, trees, fences, hedges or bushes, you’ll need a grass blend that’ll cope well in that environment.

A1 Lawn AM Pro-9 Premium Shady Lawn Seed is fantastic!

This grass seed blend contains a mixture of the following;

  • 20% Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass – Which is quick to germinate and grow, roots deeply and grows well in cool conditions cast by shade.
  • 35% Strong Creeping Red Fescue – A hardy grass that’ll cope well in shade. It’s also very resistant to diseases like Red Thread and Fusarium Patch that is often caused by surface moisture on the grass.
  • 15% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – Creates a thick, luxurious mat of foliage which is fairly vigorous.
  • 3% Browntop Bent – Grows well even in poor conditions where there is limited sunlight and poorer soil.
  • 12% Meadow Grass – Another grass that grows well in poorer conditions, especially in nutrient deficient soils.
  • 15% Sheeps Fescue – A very hardy, adaptable, yet fine leafed grass that can stand up to the harshest conditions from droughts to freezing temperatures.

With several very hardy species of grass, A1 Lawns AM Pro-9 Premium Shady Lawn Seed is a very specific blend that is perfectly suited to our often unpredictable climate.

As such, it doesn’t just cope well in shaded areas, it looks fantastic. It’s fairly quick to germinate and grows reliably.

I must admit, there aren’t many online reviews for this grass seed but the few that have been left are all very positive. This seed mixture is used and recommended by both amateur and professional gardeners alike.

The smallest pack size is 5kg which is enough to cover 142sq meters. Some people might find this a bit much if they have a small lawn. Apart from that, it’s a fantastic product backed up by a knowledgeable and helpful customer service team.

A1 Lawn AM Pro-9 The Shady Lawn Seed

– Creates Beautiful Lawns in Shady Areas
– A Blend of Fine and Hard Wearing Grasses
– Germinates Well

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5. A1 Lawn Premiership Pro Review: Best Fast Growing Grass Seed

If you’re looking for a fast growing grass seed, take a look at A1 Lawn’s AM Pro-24 Premiership Pro.

This is an exceptional product which has been used to create some of the best Premiership Football pitches.

A1 Lawn’s Premiership Pro contains;

  • 40% Tetraploid Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass – Using technology to create a grass seed that creates 4 roots systems instead of just one. This makes it very quick to establish and incredibly resistant to wear.
  • 40% Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass (Esquire) – Needs hardly any encouragement to germinate and grow and is resistant to many diseases.
  • 20% Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass (Sravinsky) – Also a fast-growing, very hardy grass.

What I and Other Users Think

A1 Lawn’s Premiership Pro is an excellent product which uses the latest technology to create a fast-growing grass seed blend which is also incredibly hard-wearing.

It’s also very fine in appearance so it’s also an excellent choice if you use your garden for entertaining but also have kids that play hard on it.

Because it’s very quick to grow, has an excellent visual appeal and it’s incredibly hard-wearing, many people consider it the perfect grass seed for all kinds of lawns.

That said, for lawnsmiths who want their lawns to look like bowling greens, stick to Rolawn’s Minster Pro. Ryegrass won’t create that look.

In terms of what other users say, there aren’t many reviews but out of the few that have been left, opinions are mixed.

The positive reviews are all 5 stars and compliment the product on its quick establishment and its visual appeal.

However, there are a few who complain that it doesn’t establish at all and the seed mix being contaminated with weeds.

I have to say, these claims are typical of gardeners who mess the job up and then blame the product. My guess is that the people who complained didn’t prepare the ground as thoroughly as they should have prior to sowing the grass seed.

A1 Lawn is FERA Certified and their grass seed blends are 100% pure. They couldn’t get the certification if it wasn’t.

Not only that, this product has been used to create some of the finest playing surfaces in the English Football Premier League.

If it’s good enough for football clubs who spend millions of pounds a year maintaining their pitches, it should be good enough for us!

And based my experience, A1 Lawn’s Premiership Pro grass seed in fantastic.

A1 Lawn Premiership Pro: The Best Quick Growing Grass Seed

– Very Quick to Germinate
– Resistant to Disease
– Incredibly Hard Wearing

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The Competition

As you have probably discovered, there are hundreds of different lawn seed products on the market. Out of the hundreds of products on the market, I have 5 top recommendations.

So what about the rest?

Well, I can’t possibly test every single product but here are my thoughts on the most popular ones;

A1 Lawn AM Pro 25 Super Tough Lawn Seed is a very good alternative to my top recommendation, GBW Hard Wearing Grass Seed. That said, it only comes in 5kg or 10kg bags. That’s fine if you’ve got a large area to seed but for many people, it might be too much.

Superstar Back Lawn Grass by The Grass People is also an excellent product of you find Rolawn Medallion lawn seed a bit expensive. You’ll get half a kilo more and save around £7. It doesn’t seem to germinate as quickly but it’s still highly recommended on Amazon.

A1 Lawn’s Platinum Pro is a good quality alternative to Rolawn’s Minster Pro. You’ll pay just £10 more a 5kg bag than you would for a 1kg box from Rolawn. If you’ve got a larger area to seed, you’ll definitely save yourself a few quid. It has more species of grass in the blend than Minster Pro but they’re all very fine species and it’s a very high-quality product.

Products to Avoid

Gro-Sure Aqua Gel Coated ‘Smart’ Grass Seed is one of those ‘magic bullet’ products. It claims to aid quick germination because the seed is coated in an aqua gel. Not only is this completely unnecessary, but it also didn’t germinate any quicker in my tests.

Evergreen Fast Start Lawn Seed is another product to stay away from in my opinion. It’s on the more expensive side due to it’s ‘Headstart Gold’ fast germination technology. Which they claim will germinate in 4 days. In a lab, that might be the case but in real life? It doesn’t. And there are several users who feel let down by this product.

Don’t waste your money, or time.

Why Every Lawn Owner Needs a Stock of Grass Seed in Their Shed

Even if you’re only semi-serious about maintaining a rich, green healthy lawn, you’ll know how much work is involved;

  • Killing and raking away moss that has grown over the winter creates space for new grass to grow into.
  • Scarifying your lawn to reduce thatch is necessary to prevent fungal disease like Fusarium Patch or Fairy Rings while promoting new grass growth by letting water, air and nutrients penetrate the soil.
  • Aerating your lawn to improve drainage via spiking or to relieve compaction via hollow tining encourages strong root development.

These treatments are most often carried out in the spring or autumn, sometimes both.

A scarifier or rake can leave your lawn looking pretty horrific. As such, it’s important to do what you can to help the lawn recover. This includes spreading and sowing new lawn seed and applying a fertiliser to encourage quick germination and establishment.

As a result, you could find yourself overseeding once, even twice a year.

How to Choose the Best Grass Seed For Your Lawn

When it comes to choosing and using grass seed, many people make the mistake of thinking that ‘grass seed is grass seed’ and grab the first pack they see. Others look at the different varieties and become overwhelmed into choosing the wrong type.

So how do you choose the best grass seed for you and your lawn?

Well, to keep things simple, consider the following;

  • How do you use your lawn? – Is it simply just a soft area for the kids to rough and tumble on? Do you want a lawn that’ll take some wear and tear yet still look like a well cared for carpet of green? Or, you do want it to be a masterpiece in the centre of a formal garden? Unfortunately, you can’t have all three (unless you have several lawns).
  • Environmental factors – What type of soil does your grass grow in? If you want a pristine, bowling green type lawn, it needs a slightly more acidic soil. It should also free of debris like rubble and tree roots. Also, think about how much shade covers your lawn. If you have a lawn that sits in the shade you’ll want to choose a grass seed that’ll cope well with less sunlight.
  • What about the weather? – Does it rain for most of the year where you live or do you get long spells of warm weather?

Choosing a Grass Seed Mix

Once you have thought about how you use the lawn, the environment in which it resides and the climate in your area, you’ll be able to make a better decision about which is the best lawn seed for you.

Hard Wearing Lawn Seed

If you want a lawn to simply act as a soft play area for the kids then choose a lawn seed mix that contains a lot of perennial ryegrass.

A hard-wearing grass seed mix will take a beating from kids and pets running around on them. It’ll also grow in nearly all kinds of soil and the high ryegrass content makes it quick to germinate. They also root deeply and grow quickly so the grass will need cutting regularly.

General Purpose Lawn Seed

Want a lawn that all the family can use for play and entertaining that’ll still look beautiful? Choose a general-purpose lawn seed mix.

They contain a fairly high percentage of perennial ryegrass which means it can tolerate wear and tear. They’re blended with finer grasses including tall and red fescues which gives the lawn that luxurious look and feel.

General-purpose lawn seed mixes grow well in most soils and grow fairly quickly, especially in spring and autumn. They’re also the best option if your lawn gets both sun and shade during the day.

If you want the best of both worlds, a luxury and hard-wearing lawn, use a general-purpose lawn seed.

Ornamental Lawn Seed

Do you dream of having a closely mown, bowling green type lawn?

If you do, you’ll need a grass seed mix that only contains the finest fescue grasses including; creeping red fescue, chewings fescue and brown tops.

Ornamental lawns don’t take much wear and tear or lots of people walking on them. At least not without a lot of maintenance work.

As I said earlier, ornamental grasses prefer slightly more acidic soil. If you’re dead set on having a lawn like this, make sure your soil is up to scratch.

These grass types are beautiful to look at. They grow very slowly when compared to other grasses and tolerate much closer mowing.

Shady Grass Seed

For lawns that are covered in a lot of shade for most of the time, these blends of lawn seed contain a mixture of dwarf ryegrass, a small meadowgrass content, hard fescues and finer fescues.

The harder wearing grasses combined with deep rooting species and finer fescues create a beautiful lawn that’ll still grow well in most soils.

Shady lawns can take some wear and tear but not as much as others. That said, a well-maintained lawn in a shady area can look stunning!

You can choose one of the following grass seed mixes to make changes to the grasses you currently have in your lawn.

For example, if you have a lawn that grows well in sunny areas but is patchy in shady areas, buy a shady lawn seed for the shady areas.

Alternatively, if you have inherited an ornamental lawn that you want your family and kids to be able to use, choose a general-purpose lawn seed. This will introduce some harder wearing grasses into your lawn, making it more tolerant to wear and tear.

In Conclusion

To recap, here are my favourite grass seeds again:

– A Very Reputable Supplier
– Excellent Quality
– More Expensive than Other Products

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– Very Well Reviewed
– Quick to Germinate
– Tailored to the UK Climate

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– Used on Golf Courses in the UK
– Slow Growing
– Creates a Beautiful Lawn

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– Creates Beautiful Lawns in Shady Areas
– A Blend of Fine and Hard Wearing Grasses
– Germinates Well

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– Very Quick to Germinate
– Resistant to Disease
– Incredibly Hard Wearing

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When it comes to finding the best grass seed for a particular job or environment, many lawn owners can get confused.

I hope this article has helped you make your mind up about choosing the best lawn seed for your particular needs and gardening goals.

And remember different types of grass seed can be added to a lawn to give it a certain look, characteristic or resilience.

For example, you can add shady lawn seed to patchy areas of your lawn that sit in shade for most of the time. And similarly, you can add ornamental seed to a general-purpose lawn to give it a finer appearance.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Over to You

I’d love to know if this article has helped you. If you have any questions, leave a message in the comments section below.

I’d also love to read about your experiences and what you think is the best grass seed.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave a message below. And if you’ve got any before and after pictures, please, send them in. It’d be great to see them.

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