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Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed
- Contains turfgrasses specially bred to ensure a successful fall seeding
- Use to thicken an established lawn or to plant a new lawn in the fall
- Grows well in full sun to partial shade
- Repairs summer damage quickly
- Spreader Settings
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Jonathan Green Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed is specially formulated for successful fall seeding projects. Use this seed mixture to overseed an existing lawn or to plant a brand new lawn in the autumn.
Black Beauty® Fall Magic is the ideal grass seed mixture to use when repairing summer disease and insect damage in lawns. The grass seed varieties in Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed are bred to perform especially well when seeded during the fall planting season of September through November. This seed germinates in 10 – 14 days.
For the best results, follow the directions below for establishing a new lawn or overseeding an existing one.
- Mow – Mow the lawn at the lowest mower setting before seeding to allow the seed to reach the soil.
- Rake – Rake over the existing grass with a metal rake to remove the thatch layer and any debris to loosen the soil. Add additional topsoil to fill in holes and level the ground.
- Check soil pH level – Have a soil test taken to check your soil’s pH level. The optimum soil pH should be between 6.2 to 7.0. For a pH below 6.2 use Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL® Plus for Acidic & Hard Soil to rapidly increase pH. If the pH is above 7.0 use MAG-I-CAL® Plus for Alkaline & Hard Soil to rapidly decrease the soil pH.
- When to apply – The best time to apply seed is mid-August to mid-October while the ground is still warm and the nights are cooler. Mid-March through mid-May is the next best time to plant when the soil temperature reaches 55º+ Fahrenheit and the temperature of the air stays consistently warm.
- Spread seed – Apply half of the seed with a rotary spreader in one direction (north to south) and the remainder in the opposite direction (east to west). It is beneficial to spread a new seeding fertilizer that is high in phosphorus at this time as well.
- Rake seed – Rake lightly into the ground with a metal rake. Walk with light, even footsteps on the seedbed to firm the soil around the seed. Do not bury the seed more than one-fourth of an inch deep.
- Water – For best germination, water daily to keep the seedbed moist. Continue watering regularly for a few weeks until the grass plants reach a height of 2 – 2.5 inches.
- Mow – Begin mowing when the new grass has reached a height of 3 – 4 inches. Make sure the mower has sharp blades. Be careful not to scalp the lawn, low mowing will stress the root system and encourage the growth of weeds.
- 3 lb Bag
- Overseeding – Seeds up to 1,500 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 750 sq. ft.
- 7 lb Bag
- Overseeding – Seeds up to 3,500 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 1,750 sq. ft.
- 25 lb Bag
- Overseeding – Seeds up to 12,500 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 6,250 sq. ft.
Grass Type: Tall and Fine Fescues, Kentucky Bluegrass, & Perennial Rye
Grass Color: Dark green
Recommended Planting Months: For cool-season grasses
- Mid-August through mid-October
- Mid-March through mid-May
Sun Tolerance: Good
Shade Tolerance: Good
Light Requirements: Sun to partial shade (4 – 8 hours of sun)
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Insect & Disease Resistance: Good
High Traffic Tolerance: Good
Planting Depth: ¼ inches
Germination Time: 10 – 14 days
The spreader settings listed are approximate. Spreader condition, rate of walk, and humidity are just some of the variables that can affect the rate of application. Please refer to the product label link on this page, or the back of the bag, for further details along with application rates and precautionary statements. You may need to adjust settings for proper coverage if circumstances described on the label are applicable. In all cases, the user should read and follow label instructions before applying any product, and assumes all responsibility when using this spreader settings tool.
Planted Black Beauty Fall Magic on top of screened topsoil/compost topped with peat moss and starter Sept 12 2020. Germinated quickly cut 30 days applied Milorganite after Thanksgiving. Came up fine in spring 2021. Applied Milorganite Memorial & 4th July weekends. Died summer 2021 – renovating again this time not with JG product
JG Response – If the seed came up and the grass was doing well, then the issue was not with the grass. There are many outside influences that can cause grass to die such as wrong climate or conditions for the seed chosen, disease and insects.
I had been working on a project to clear the back half of my property, about 1/2 an acre, and was surprised when everything fell together and I complete the work by October 10th. I thought that I was not going to complete the work until early December. Now that I was a head of schedule, I needed to get grass seed down ASAP so I would be able to establish a lawn this fall and help to choke out weeds in the spring. the temps were in the low to mid 60\’s during the days and in the low 50\’s at night. I thought that it might have gotten to cold to get grass seed to germinate. I put 25LB\’s of this fall magic down because it seemed like the best option and of all the recommendations for the Johnathan Green seed I had read it looked like the best option. I put down the seed on Saturday and set up the sprinklers and hoped I would get some germination. boy, did I ever! the entire yard has evenly germinated and is now starting to thicken up. I am now at two weeks and I hope to be able to walk on it a bit by next week. I need to remove some fallen leaves that are now covering the lawn. I want very impressed with the results of this seed compared to other seeds I have used. this came up fast and green. I will definitely over seed with a different blend in the spring but I am very happy with the product as of right now.
Sprouts quickly like most reviewers noted. Doesnt grow deep strong roots, so when the dog ran across it, it was flattened and pulled up quickly…then again, we have a active big dog. It sprouts quick enough, you can quickly reseed areas.
Received and will plant in the Spring
Grew fast and thick before it got cold .
Grass start growing within the first week, it’s looking great
Good color and price
Will most likely lay again in summer or another mixture. May need to do a soil test as it was not as prosperous as I thought it would be.
As the bag said, came up lush within 14 days. Over seeded the lawn
After trying to reseed parts of the lawn that are just dead for over 3 years with the generic big box grass seed, decided to try this, as I read a review from somebody in northern Virginia, who said it worked for them. Loosened the areas to be reseeded with a rake, threw some potting soil down in the patches, mixed in the grass seed, and watered. I am no expert level gardener. To my surprise, it grew ! Lovely, fresh, green grass. I will buy more and tackle the rest of the bare patches. Planted mid September and its now the beginning of October and coming in nicely. Previously, I had seeded in spring. Fall seems to work better round here. Will be buying more.
Very pleased with the results so far. The seed started germinating in 7 days being sewn on good soil and watered daily.
Seed on Saturday. Today is monday and I already have some grass sprouting up. I will update with my results after overseeding
Update 4 weeks later. Seed has spread and not been patchy. Very happy with the result to bad the firstbhard freeze will be here in a few days.
What came up was dark green and lush
I have been very pleased with the product. I live in zone 9 and i seeded in November. It is late March and the grass still looks amazing. I suggest using a mechanical spreader and to seed as thickly as possible. It will only make the final outcome look that much better. In the areas I skimped with the seeds, it shows. The grass is lush, dark green, soft.
Very good grass seed. I used on several bare spots, even in a hard to grow area now lush grass is growing.
I cut the grass a few days prior to spreading the seeds. The forecast called for rain, which was great. It rained for several days for a couple of weeks. The grass grew as advertised. I have a few acres so the grass is not grouped tight. This is my fault due to the fact that I wanted to be sure the product worked. I will weed and feed in January then wait for the directed time. I will buy several of their spring seed bags and saturate the area with the seeds. I would recommend this to anyone who plan to follow the directions. If you’re not going to cut the lawn and water as directed I believe just buying pallets of grass would be better for your emotions and your yard.
The seeds grew.
Worked well for the most part butncame in quite patchy
Reseeded my front yard seed germinated within a week great seed as usual from Jonathan Green.
Great choice for fall seeding. Superior product
We dug up our flower garden and put this down in the fall. Honestly, I didn’t think we would so lush grass until spring, but to my surprise a few weeks in and we had about 95% coverage and nice thick grass. Love this product.
From what I can tell this worked well with minimal effort. I literally just scattered the seeds in my yard in November and by December I saw grass sprouting up. I am sure if I had taken more time to plant the seeds, results may even have been better.
I may upgrade this product five stars, but waiting to see how things pan out in the spring. In the meantime, the grassy has performed quite well under very dry conditions overall.
grew fast (lots of water) and full
Bought to replace the grass seed from Home Depot that never germinated. This sprouted quickly, came in thick, and is continuing to grow during November in Maryland.
Excellent result in Atlanta! The entire yard was totally bare after 5 trees were taken out! Will buy again for sure next year for overseedong
Omg!! My husband love it. Just follow the instructions and you will see new grass sprouting up within 2 weeks. We even have gass growing in a area of our yard that’s sandy. We’re sold.
This seed was perfect for the yard which had been badly beaten by the dog. We had tried the Scott’s EZ Seed in the spring, along with fertilizer and it didn’t grow at all. After reading reviews on Jonathan Green products we decided to give it a go – after about a week we had sprouting and now actually have grass.
Have always had great grass however this past year, due to a new female German shepherd, my grass has taken a beating from her urine. In addition to that, I think I was just so pissed off that I didn’t water or tend to the grass as normal. This October I said enough is enough and I raked up all the dead grass from the urine spots, had the dog trained within 2 days to go elsewhere, and began reading reviews for grass seed. Ordered this and felt fairly confident in the produc. True enough..2 bags of this, VERY minimal soil prep (only rolling a manual tiller around in a pretty haphazard way) and my grass is looking great! As others have commented, within a week and a half I had sprouts about 1-2″. The grass is wispy, but beautiful. I just came on to order 2 more bags in addition to the 45 lb bag Winter Survival by Jonathan Green. This time, since I know for certain it works, I will use a spreader and just overseed my entire yard for a more lush and dense grass. I have used a few different brands previously…but this is truly the best that I have ever found. The absolute most important thing is to WATER your lawn every day while this takes root.
The Little green grass is visibly growing after 5 to 7 days
Great Product. Grows like magic. Amazingly fast shipping. Very pleased.
Put down in early September in Northern NJ. Had seedlings in 7-10 days. Grass came in nice and thick within 3 – 4 weeks. Very satisfied.
We got some seeds from the store with a blue coating that was supposed to soak in water. They’re still sitting in our yard here and there two months later. These seeds took about 9-10 days to start sprouting and have performed very well to fill in some of the gaps in our yard. In most areas I didn’t prep but in a few I used a garden weasel to soften the ground where it had gotten hard. We planted in October in Tennessee.
Seems to be working in some places, not in others. Maybe its my fault.
Loved this product. Now have beautiful grass in our yard where there was once dry dead areas. Easy to use and definitely achieved the look I was hoping for.
My lawn in by far the best in the neighborhood. I have a full, perfectly green lawn! I will buy this again.
Fall Magic, just as advertised. The grass grew quickly and is filling in just nicely. I have ordered several more bags.
Used this a little after fall weather began. first we tilled the area with a small tiller, then went down the grass seed and covered with straw. The grass is already growing in leaps and bounds and looks great. Will definitely use again. Very satisfied.
Jonathon Green brand seed is probably the only seed I am going to buy from now on. I have switched a couple of times thinking that Scott was a dependable alternative and was disappointed. Buy this seed and you will not be disappointed. In this case, I had some bald spots from a our summer drought here in Southern California. This time I used the Fall Magic option and it came up beautifully. My front yard looks good again.
Pretty grass. Dark green, wispy.
Throw it on the ground and jump back. Great grass–does everything it claims.
Bought this to use after dethatching and to overseed in some spots where my dogs have ruined the grass. Dethatched, aerated and planted last Weds and a week later the lawn looks amazing. Came in fast and lush and in some shady areas beneath cedar tree as well. You can see in the pic the new grass after a single week. Shade plantings are a bit alower but still coming in nicely.
Growing very well and fast delivery
Planted in Sacramento last week of October…wasn’t sure if it was too late but it worked. I used a dethatcher blade to scratche up my old lawn, set some fertilizer down with this seed, and the barely covered it with a fine layer of mulch. About a quarter inch. Then watered the heck out of it. Great result after 2 weeks of mostly full sun.
Really like the quality of Jonathan Green products. This is the second time I have purchased their products. Will be back again.
Wow. We had a grub infestation that ruined a section of our yard. Only 10 days ago I planted the seed and it is already sprouting. It hasn’t even been that sunny. YMMV.
This is the same review I gave for the 3 lbs bag I ordered. So far these products are great. More expensive, but appear to be worth the money.
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