Grow the lawn of your dreams with Jonathan Green! If you’re looking for grass seed that germinates quickly, grows thick, dark green grass, and can withstand a variety of climate conditions, Black Beauty Grass Seed is right for you! Read more.
Jonathan Green specializes in cool-season grass seed mixtures that grow exceptionally well in many conditions, including sunny, shady, and heavily trafficked lawns.
Our signature Black Beauty grass seed was created by cross-breeding two unique species of tall fescue grasses. The first was found in the frigid climate of northern Michigan, possesses a naturally dark green color, and can withstand freezing temperatures. The second was found on the edge of the Sahara Desert, with the ability to grow roots up to four feet deep, allowing it to suck up moisture from deep within the earth. It also has a waxy coating on the grass blade like the skin of a cactus that protects it from high heat and drought. We cross-bred these two types of grass to produce our one-of-a-kind, Black Beauty tall fescue grass seed.
To learn more about why our grass seed is a favorite among homeowners and professionals alike, visit our Why Choose Black Beauty Grass Seed page!
Which Grass Seed Should I Buy?
With all of the grass seed varieties available, you may wonder which one is truly right for you. Here are a few questions you can answer to help guide you through the process:
- Do you live in an area ideal for growing cool-season or warm-season grass?
- Does the area receive full sun, shade, or partial shade?
- Does the area receive frequent heavy traffic? (ex. Dogs and/or kids playing or running on the lawn)?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can narrow down your lawn seed options and determine which grass type is best suited for you and your individual needs.
Types of Grass Seed
Before you buy grass seed, it’s important to know the different varieties of grasses. Grass seed varieties fall under two categories: cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses.
Cool-season grass types are grasses that grow best in the colder weather during fall and spring and go dormant between late fall and winter. They are primarily found in areas of the northern half of the United States. Warm-season grass types are grasses that grow best in the summer and go dormant in early fall. They are typically found in southern states that experience long, hot summers and high average temperatures above 75°F.
Cool Season Grass
Tall fescue is a popular cool-season grass variety due to its rich, dark green color, adaptability, and wear and tear tolerance. It is also known for its deep root system and ability to withstand shade.
Tall fescue can grow in a variety of climates, making it a top choice among homeowners in the northern half of the United States. Jonathan Green includes our signature Black Beauty tall fescue in many of our grass seed mixtures. Black Beauty is naturally dark green and grows upright and uniform. It’s often compared in appearance to Kentucky bluegrass but is preferred for its ability to withstand heat and drought.
Kentucky bluegrass is best known for its durability and gorgeous, blue-green hue. These qualities have made it popular among sod growers. It has a rhizome structure that allows it to grow horizontally and can self-repair patches and bare spots making it ideal for sports fields. Kentucky bluegrass requires more water and has a longer germination time than other cool-season grasses.
Visit our Kentucky Bluegrass resource page to learn more about this cool-season grass type!
Perennial ryegrass is valued for its fine grass blades and ability to germinate and establish a lawn quickly. This type of grass seed is used to plant both temporary lawns in southern states and permanent lawns in northern parts of the United States, as it performs well in areas with moderate summers and colder winters.
Perennial ryegrass has several remarkable qualities, including high wear tolerance, an ability to withstand light shade, and the natural ability to suppress other plants, like pesky lawn weeds. Although it spreads slowly due to its bunch-forming growth habit, it creates a beautiful lawn when paired with other grass types, like in many of our Black Beauty mixtures.
Warm Season Grass
Jonathan Green does not sell warm-season grass seed, however, we’ve included information below for you to learn more about the different types of warm-season grasses and their unique characteristics.
Bermudagrass is preferred by many southern homeowners for its ability to quickly fill bare spots, endure high traffic, and withstand heat and drought. It performs best south of the transition zone with full sun.
To learn more about this durable warm-season grass, visit our Bermudagrass resource page!
Zoysia grass is a low-maintenance, warm-season grass most notable for its heat and drought tolerance, dense growth, and ability to withstand heavy foot traffic. Even though it is a warm-season grass, it is known to have decent cold tolerance. Similar to Kentucky bluegrass, this grass seed spreads by rhizomes and produces a beautiful, emerald hue.
It is most suitable for both the southern part of the United States and areas near the transition zone and performs best in areas with full sun. You may want to plant zoysia grass if you want a great-looking lawn without much work, as this grass won’t require large amounts of fertilizer or water to maintain it. Like most warm-season grasses, however, it will go dormant in the winter and turn brown.
Centipede grass is another low-maintenance, warm-season grass known for its heat and shade tolerance. It has wider stems than other warm-season grasses, like bermudagrass and zoysia grass. Centipede grass grows best in the southeastern area of the United States, specifically the Carolinas and parts of the Texas Gulf Coast.
It has great heat tolerance and requires less frequent mowing and dethatching. Furthermore, this type of grass seed doesn’t experience a true winter dormancy period and will maintain its green color in some climates. However, it has little to no drought tolerance and won’t hold up against heavy foot traffic. It also has strict soil and climate requirements, as it prefers sandy, acidic soils.
The Main Takeaway
We know that lawn care is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why we provide a wide range of grass seed options to cater to your unique needs. We believe selecting grass seed should be a seamless process so you can start growing the lawn of your dreams as soon as possible!
Explore our wide selection of lawn seed mixtures today and buy grass seed that’s a perfect fit for your lawn.
Black Beauty® Golden State California Grass SeedSpecially designed drought and heat-tolerant grass seed mixture for California lawns.
Black Beauty® Patcher Lawn Bare Spot RepairRepair bare spots fast! All-in-one patching solution with Black Beauty® Ultra grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch.
Black Beauty® Heat and Drought Resistant Grass SeedOur most heat and drought-tolerant grass seed mixture. Ideal for lawns in the transition zone.
Black Beauty® Original Grass SeedJonathan Green most drought tolerant grass seed blend.
Black Beauty® Ultra Grass SeedFastest establishing Black Beauty Mixture that will improve any lawn it is seeded into.
Black Beauty® Sun & Shade Grass SeedBlack Beauty mixture that grows exceptionally well in both full sun and partial shade.
Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass SeedFall seeding mixture that repairs summer damage from drought and insects.
Black Beauty® Lawn Repair for Sun & ShadeRepair bare spots fast! All-in-one patching solution with Black Beauty® grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch.
Black Beauty® Sunny Grass SeedDrought tolerant & naturally insect resistant Black Beauty variety for full sun areas.
Black Beauty® Dense Shade Grass SeedShade tolerant Black Beauty varieties that grow well under trees in up to 70% shade.
Black Beauty® Texas Bluegrass Grass SeedHeat tolerant mixture made from Texas Bluegrass withstand hot temperatures to 100° F
Black Beauty® Keystone Pennsylvania Grass SeedPremium all-purpose grass seed mixture designed for Pennsylvania lawns
Black Beauty® Biodegradable Grass Seed RollBiodegradable grass seed mat that is ideal for reseeding bare spots and seeding hilly areas.
Black Beauty® Shady Nooks Grass SeedOur most shade tolerant grass seed mixture. Survives in up to 90% deep shade.
Black Beauty® Heavy Traffic Grass SeedPerforms well in heavily trafficked areas where children and pets play.
Blue Panther® Kentucky Bluegrass Grass SeedCreates a beautiful, dark-green bluegrass lawn of sod-like quality.
Touch-Up™ TRI-RYE Perennial RyegrassPremium perennial ryegrass blend that rapidly germinates in 7-10 days to thicken the entire lawn.
Fast Grow Grass SeedGrows a quick, temporary grass cover containing annual ryegrass for fast establishment.
Contractor’s Grass SeedContractors Mix that quickly germinates for superior soil stabilization on new construction sites.
Pasture Grass MixturePasture Mix containing endophyte free, elite forage grasses for pastures & paddocks.
Wildflower and Meadow Grass MixCreates a pleasant, low maintenance meadow with 25+ Perennial & Annual Wildflowers.
Top Dress™ Seedling Cover and Growth AcceleratorA completely weed-free, biodegradable green mulch that controls erosion when seeding.
Black Beauty® Delmarva Mid-Atlantic Grass SeedSpecially formulated grass seed blend ideal for the hot and humid climates of the Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia).