Your lawn is a statement, and the grass seed you choose is the first step in making that statement. Your decisions can lead to a most coveted place among the lawn captains in your community, or it can lead to weedy ignominy and crabgrass hell, and disaster on the rocks of local public opinion. By understanding a few things about your lawn, growing conditions, and intended use, you can avert disaster and assume your rightful place among the elite lawn masters.

Know Your Lawn

This grass seed will grow turf meant for a high amount of foot traffic. Scotts Lawns

Understanding key things about your lawn such as sun/shade ratio, soil pH and fertility, average amount of rain and water retention characteristics, expected traffic, etc. will help you choose the right grass seed for your needs. Reading seed packaging directions carefully is always a good idea.

Match Seed to the Climate and Conditions

This grass seed is heat and drought tolerant. Jonathan Green

Grass seed is developed and marketed based on climate and growing conditions. Typically, you’ll want to choose between warm and cold season grass seed varieties, so check the label for this information. Be sure to time your grass seed planting for the recommended conditions. A good source for info on grass varieties best suited for your area is your state’s Cooperative Extension turf specialist.


This seed is adapted for lawn with lots of shade as well as sun and requires less watering and maintenance. Pennington

Some grasses grow faster, require more water and fertilizing, and are more sensitive to high traffic and other conditions. If your idea of lawn maintenance involves a patio chair, a beer, and watching your grass grow (slowly), read the label and choose carefully.