It all begins by selecting the highest quality Grass Seed mixture, one which is well suited to the environment it will be grown in. Keep in mind that the lawn you plant, can never be better than the grass seed varieties it was grown from. Over the past twenty-five years there have been major advancements in turfgrass breeding.
The improved grass seed varieties used in Jonathan Green Grass Seed Mixtures are more drought tolerant, disease and insect resistant and naturally darker green in color than any other turf grasses, which have previously been available.
Our new Black Beauty Ultra Grass Seed Mixture, for instance, is just such a seed mixture. It is composed of elite turf-type tall fescue grasses, Kentucky bluegrasses and perennial ryegrasses, some of which possess an invisible waxy cuticle coating, much like the wax on an apple, which causes it to shine when you polish it on your sleeve. This waxy cuticle preserves the moisture in the leaf by lowering the evapo-transpiration rate of these grasses, making them more drought tolerant than any other grass seed varieties on the market today. Most of my grass seed mixtures also contain beneficial endophytes.
These naturally-occurring organisms, live off the grass plant host. The endophytes produce defensive chemicals called alkaloids, which are toxic to many insects, such as, chinch bugs, sod webworms, cutworms, aphids, chafers and Japanese beetles. Endophytes are all natural and do not diminish over time. Endophytes reduce the need for pesticide treatments on your lawn.