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Black Beauty® Heavy Traffic Grass Seed
- Naturally insect resistant
- Roots that can grow up to 4-feet deep
- Very tough, durable turfgrass varieties for high traffic lawns
- Use in full sun to partial-shaded areas where children and pets play
- Spreader Settings
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Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty® Heavy Traffic Grass Seed contains our toughest and most durable turfgrass varieties. With an attractive, dark-green color and roots that grow up to 4-feet deep, this mix is perfect for backyards, sports fields, curb strips or anywhere aggressive foot traffic from athletes, children and pets occurs. This grass seed mixture excels on sports fields where uniform lawn texture is important, so soccer, football and baseballs bounce true. Black Beauty® Heavy Traffic provides the wear tolerance and the uniform good looks that these athletic playing fields require. 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 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. 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 1,200 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 600 sq. ft.
- 7 lb Bag
- Overseeding – Seeds up to 2,800 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 1,750 sq. ft.
- 25 lb Bag
- Overseeding – Seeds up to 10,000 sq. ft.
- New Lawns – Seeds up to 6,250 sq. ft.
Grass Type: Tall Fescues, 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: Excellent
Shade Tolerance: Good
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade (4 – 8 hours of sun)
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Insect & Disease Resistance: Good
High Traffic Tolerance: Excellent
Planting Depth: ¼ inches
Germination Time: 7 – 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.
My grass grew so well after this!
Our German Shepherd and Belgian Malinios turned our yard into a mud pit, it was actually two large mud pits. We seeded a total of 2 separate times about 3 weeks apart and put mushroom compost over it and watered twice a day. I am now SO happy to see nice green grass that withstands the force of my working dogs.
A fantastic grass seed, we had a big party in our yard and used a umbrella stand on the lawn. We liked how it looked and worked, so we left it there fo the summer. After removing it there was a big round dead spot left. One application of this seed and ina week we had grass, two weeks and you cound not tell there was a big round dead spot.
Started seeing grass within 3 days. Very impressed!
Great product. It is still doing well despite dogs being in the yard.
Grass comes up quick.
comes up quick
Will buy again
Works as intended. Grew in places we didn’t expect it to work at all.
There was an area of my yard along the back fence that was muddy with no grass. I sprinkled a layer of black beauty heavy traffic seed on the are and within literally days if was filling in. It is amazing, I will continue to buy this brand and I have no intension of going back to Scotts brand at all.
I got this and Scott’s. Hands down this grew fast and is awesome! It was sprouted after 5 days. Great product. Half of the Scott’s didn’t come up and same after a month (see 2nd photo for Scott’s).
My backyard was a mud pit from my 4 large dogs. This seed is just awesome. It grew where nothing else would grow even with them stomping on it.
So I’m going to share my review with this product and all I need to say is I’m speechless. I planted on May 4 and now it’s the 19th I have the best lawn ever. This stuff is a whole different level of amazing. My neighbors have come over and asked me what I did and it it’s quiet simple. PUT EFFORT INTO WHAT YOU WANT. This grass seed is definitely worth every penny and then some . I live in northern Virginia and this stuff took off like wild fire. It took two weeks for it to be amazing back yard looks the same.
easy grow, best grass seed
Loved this product..my daughter told me about it..I had tried other grass seeds and nothing compared to Jonathan’s
Very good product. I live in south Florida and it works perfectly with the weather here
Our front lawn grew fast and very green. Would buy again.
Good result for repair on thread bare areas,
man did this stuff make a difference!
Durability and deep green appearance is the key.
This seed grows well. Fills in the patches.
Seed was spread and it is already sprouting. This turned out to be good seed. We spread it with Turf Builder fert. and it is up and growing already. Very happy with it.
This grass seed worked line a charm. 1 day we had mud and within 5 days you could see grass growing!! Within 3 weeks it filled in almost completely!!
Looks great, came up quick
If I could give this product 10 stars, I would. I’ve tried many different (well known) brands of seed and nothing comes close to this stuff. I have dogs and it’s nearly impossible to keep a “green” backyard. After this past winter my backyard literally was a sheet of dirt. My husband gave up on having grass and told me I was wasting my time, that grass will never grow in the yard with all the dogs constantly tearing it up. With my first treatment, I mixed the Fast Grow and Heavy Traffic (about 3 to 1 ratio) and covered it with EZ Straw seeding mulch. I did one area at a time so I could fence off the area while the seeds germinated, which only took about a week. I wish I would have taken before and after photos but I really was not expecting it to work so well. Read my review on the EZ Straw seeding mulch. These two items together are AMAZING!
great germination, grass even grew well when not covered with straw. we’ll see
seems to work very well
Filling in nicely
This is some really dense grass and works great for bare spots.
I have been using this in an area that is a mud pit. So far there has been some growth. This is better than any other seed I have used so that is why it has a high rating from me. I will be purchasing more so I can over-seed the area.
Much better than I thought – grass is very green and thick, much better than other grass seeds I’ve tried. Sprouted fast. Instructions on the box are very clear.
I have lived in my home for about five years. The previous owner didn’t take the best care of his lawn. So unfortunately I was inherited with a lot of work. Last year we tore down a bunch of trees and extended our lawn by approximately 5000 ft.². It was a perfect opportunity to exclusively use Jonathan Green products. I used this heavy traffic seed along with winter survival fertilizer and the results have been amazing. The neighbors ask what the secret was, and it was simple: follow the USA program by Jonathan Green and you’ll have the greenest lawn on the block.
(Left Image: notice the distinct line of existing lawn on the left, and new lawn on the right. Eight months, including a very cold and snowy winter here in Massachusetts.
Right image: Memorial Day 2018)
Seems to be coming up beautiful. Will see how it goes, if it does not hold up though the summer, I will repost. It is a pretty grass. Would buy this again.
I live in the panhandle of Florida, my soil is a mixture of sand, calcium deposits, red dirt, and a bunch of unfavorable chemicals. It’s been very difficult trying toget grass to grow. Not just sprout and die. I bought this in hopes to get bare spots filled in along with making the grass thickerto help choke out weeds and crab grass. This has been better than the Scotts treatments. I will only buy this kind for now on. It’s full, it’s thick, it’s only taken about 4 weeks to start filling in. And it’s like carpet. Though i enriched my soil with cow manure, mirical grow, ironite, 10-10-10, watered and airiated the yard before i spread the seed. Once i spread the seed, i ariated the yard again to ensure the seeds got buried so they would wash out. None the less, i put in just as much work with about 5 other name brand grass seeds. This seems tobe more durable, thicker, and greener than all the rest. I highly recommend this product
The grass is coming up amazingly in Zone 8 (overseeding some zoysia). It is super green and seems to resist wear and tear as I have two crazy dogs!
Update 5-7: This grass is AWESOME. Buy it. My entire lawn is super green and there have been no tracks from my two 70 pound dogs running on it. Comes up quickly and very green.
Grew where I never thought I’d be able to grow grass again
Dragged to grow. But grew
Entering my second season with this seed. Made it through a dry winter, and 9 months of drought. Worth the extra dollars. Am ordering a second bag to overseed today.
I bought this for my front and back yards. The front yard was just dirt and an area that got a lot of sun. The back yard go decent sun, but was prone to collecting water from heavy rains (I live in Charlotte, NC by the way). Anyway, I planted the seed in March and watered regularly for several days. I saw grass sprouting after about 10 days.
Now it is a month later and the grass is very full and lush. It is a brilliant green and looks extremely healthy. I am most impressed by its durability, as I have tried all sorts of solutions for my back yard, and this has been AMAZING! I highly recommend, and I will re-order for over-seeding in the fall.
So far great results. The birds really enjoyed the seeds but enough survived to start seedlings one month after planting. Planted just before a 3 inch rain storm . A few spots are bare and will add more seeds. Not bad for someone with no experience.
I was surprised and delighted in how great these seeds worked. My grass is growing in and looking good. I had two 5×5 areas with no grass (2 trees removed), within the last month the ground is almost fully covered.
If you want quality seeds that produces a rich green lawn, we’ll Jonthan Green has you covered! They are a bit pricey, but will deliver results you wish. Approximately 10-14 days for germination for me.
Too earlyt to judge .. will let you know later!
This stuff actually works! I’ve tried two other re-seeding brands and they didn’t really work. This one grows quickly and the grass is so soft and thick!
This grass always delivers. I used the same brand a few years ago to seed my backyard. I recently had some trees removed and put some seed down. Within a week, I can see the little guys coming up.
I live in central Florida, have extremely sandy soil, with intermittent areas of hard packed dirt, threw this down, took awhile but came up nicely, thin stalks, good color, stands up well to traffic, extreme heat, survived a freeze we had not long ago that destroyed other grass and many plants, fares well when watered only 1x week even with hot sun (restrictions). I just ordered another.
Sprouts within 2 weeks! I was impressed. I just spread and watered. Too early to tell the longevity.
It’s the right product that I need.
Great seed. I still have new blades popping up 6 months later.
Works well. I recommend a good soil preparation before using the seeds
I live in central North Carolina and I planted this seed in early October when the temperature was a steady 60-70 degrees at the high point of the day. I did not aerate my lawn either.
This seed worked spectacularly! It about eight days I saw the grass starting to sprout. Now, nearly four weeks later, the grass is coming in tall and thick in all areas where I overseeded my lawn. I did use Scott’s new grass seed fertilizer too which seems to have added to the success. I’ll never use another kind of grass seed.
Quality seed. Came in thick and strong with no bare spots.
Yes perfect filled up all areas with grass no more drit dark green grass
Impressive high and fast germination. Seeded in late early October during cooler temps (50-75) and with the occasional rain and watering came up within a week. Too early to tell ultimate performance so holding off on 5star rating.
Yep, it works. Worth the price, very durable, grows fast assuming its watered and mixed with soil when seeded. I had grass growing within a week.
Great seed that germinated quickly. I put this down a few weeks ago after aerating and used it for over seeding the bare spots in my yard. Hands down, Jonathan Green has a superior product. Just a side note to people who complain that they can’t get seed to grow or complain that a certain seed is bad etc, do your homework and check the PH of your soil! Go on YouTube and watch videos from “the lawn care nut” as well as videos from manufactures like Jonathan Green etc. Every single reputable person will tell you to feed the soil first and the grass will grow. Check your PH, research grass types for your climate zone (WHICH TYPE GROWS BEST IN YOUR PART OF THE COUNTRY) and stop using a fully synthetic lawn program. I have learned so much about soil biology, microbes, PH and so on, that I will never not use quality seed or organic fertilizers ever again. My lawn is thick and beautiful except for the pee spots my shepherd gives me, and 100% organic. Take some time and watch some vids, you’ll have the nicest lawn on the block and be that much wiser than the average homeowner. Enjoy!
Amazing!!! grow fast
This seed worked great. Previously had planted seed that did not grow, and it was a reputable, recommended seed. This was for a child care center and we were very happy to see the grass grow!!
This is amazing!!! I cannot even believe how fast this grew!
Worked like a charm
Was mowing the grass literally a week and a half after I planted. I mix the seed with garden soil I buy in bags to make it easier to spread evenly. It also gives it a nice fertilized soil to start the germination. After spreading the soil mixed with the seed I cover with straw. Straw helps retain moisture, but you need to water several times a day. Follow these directions and this seed with grown in days. Continue to water after germination. Good luck.
Grass is growing strong! Just planted this in the spring, so I can’t say how it will hold up over time, but so far so good. Even the dog running around on the sprouts hasn’t seemed to harm them!
Surely the best seed for heavy traffic areas. It’s the only one I use. I only use Jonathan Green products.
Great results, much better than what you can get from the big box stores. No filler, all seed, quick, thick germination. Great product.
Resilient fescue that requires less water and mowing
This grass is amazing! First we bought a really expensive bag with coated big blue seeds from HomeDepot – it grew but the bag was around $50 and covered no more than 10 square feet. In addition, the HD modified grass seeds came to be light yellowish green grass, which looks like it’s dying, so I am not a big fan. I am happy though that I found the Jonathan Green natural grass! It is dark green and super soft, yet very sturdy! I have become an expert at growing it by now!
The first time was unsuccessful. I roughed up the dirt and put the seeds on top, almost all died and left me heart broken! The second attempt I mixed the dirt with the seeds and packed it in holes where I wanted it to grow. And Oh boy, did it grow! But it was too dense.
So, my third attempt – I cleaned up two large areas – about 20 square feet each. Removed about about 2″ of the top soil and everything that was growing (with a small hoe). Roughed up the dirt and cleaned up roots as best as I could, then put back some soil to fill the hole a little bit. Next, I sprinkled a little bit of the Jonathan Green Heavy Traffic Seeds and the JG Full Sun Seeds in the respective areas. I did not put much seeds, they were not on top of each other and one could see a lot of dirt around them. Then, covered the seeds with organic garden soil that I had bought at Costco. Just a light cover – almost like sprinkle the dirt but I made sure it covered the seeds to keep them moist. I watered daily and started to see seedlings in a week!!! Within 3 weeks my new baby grass had it’s first haircut and did not get damaged from lawn mower going over it.
My last method is my favorite! Covers a huge amount of area while being conservative with the seeds. The bag is still half full. These seeds are a great value! The key is to keep them moist while they are germinating and maturing. There is one more thing these seeds might do for you – make you proud of your amazing lawn that did not take any poisons to kill anyone!!! Just natural naturally grown beautiful grass!
We have had a hard time growing grass in our back yard in GA for a long time. Shade, extreme sun at other times, huge trees, drought and dogs. We were so surprised how amazing all of the Jonathan Green seed mixes are. We tried many, they are great.
The grass came up perfect and really thick. It did take awhile for the seeds to start growing. Buying more.
Jonathan Green Heavy Traffic Grass Seed surpassed expectations on a large area of bare soil in my backyard. Last month, I used Lilly Miller Moss Out to kill thick layers of moss near the back wall of the house. After pulling out the dead moss I spread a generous amount of this seed, raked a thin layer of Miracle Gro garden soil over it, watered and hoped for the best. The before and after pics say it all; the seedlings are sprouting this well after 18 days, even though I missed watering most days after the first week. Very pleased with the performance of this hearty seed. After getting weed growth with another brand, I only buy Jonathan’s and am never disappointed.
Just did the job, started filling in before the freeze, will look great in the spring.
Best seed ever! I will be buying more this spring to finish up the yard!
It has been a few months since I planted this seed, and now I can tell you that it is awesome. My whole back yard now has grass that my two dogs play in. I have a pug that is a digger and there are still no bald spots. I went from no grass to a great lawn without having to sod.
This came up very well for me. The turf is thick and dark green.
It worked where the birds didn’t eat it.
I wasn’t what to expect since our yard is mostly shade and we have 3 dogs and we just had construction work that really beat up the yard. It’s a small space (roughly 50′ x 15′) so I used a high density of seed being scattered. I’ve been watering daily since it’s such a small space and the grass is doing really well even with all the shade and the dogs. In fact I’m ordering more now.
Great seed. Grew very few weeds. Much, much better than the other brand I used that starts with an S and ends in COTTS. Should be spelled SWEEDS.
I love this thick grass. It spouted in a few days–I covered the seeds with either barley straw or lawn clippings and watered it well. I have it in both shady and sunny areas. I also add additional lawn clippings since my regular lawn also has clover in it. This heavy traffic lawn has thin strands when it appears, but it is thick and has a nice green color. I find it to be a wonderful addition to my all ready existing lawn, and I use it for large spot coverage in areas where I am creating additional lawn, and around the driveway.
I have had issue with grass seed taking before so only bought a bit to try it. This product took quickly and worked. I will be ordering more for additional areas which need filling.
Put this seed down under a giant willow oak tree that has a lot of shade. Sprouted in about 3-4 days. The Kentucky bluegrass will take closer to 20 days. I added some synthetic starter fertilizer, or if you want to go organic throw down some milorganite or whatever you prefer as organic fertilizer.
Looking to purchase another bag
I will never buy Scott’s again!!
I purchased this grass seed in hopes of salvaging parts of my horrible back yard. When my husband and I purchased our home, the previous owners did not take care of the yard at all. It was filled with trash and most of the grass was gone.
We have owned the home for 3 years now and the backyard looks great… except for the patchy spots. We have new grass growth through most of the yard, but there’s a rather large patch that only fills with weeds. Every winter, when the weeds have died off, it leaves us with a bare dirt patch that looks awful, and gets really muddy every time it rains (we have two dogs, so you can imagine how fun it is to constantly clean mud off of them).
I thought about buying some cheap bags of grass seed to see if that would help, when I came across this seed. The bag is affordable, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try to give it a go.
The only reason I gave the product 4 stars is because you really need to follow the bag instructions to see maximum results. It isn’t as simple as loosening the dirt, applying the seed, and watering a lot. The bag has other specific instructions that require more work and… more money out of your pocketbook.
I wasn’t interested in spending more money and putting up even more effort, so I just loosened the dirt, applied the seed, and watered regularly.
I few weeks went by… and there was nothing. I kept watering anyway, and got annoyed with myself because I figured I probably wasn’t going to get results with my ‘easy way out’ approach.
I watered the ground yesterday and… there is growth! I see little patches in ALL of the areas I applied. I am beyond excited. The areas I applied the seed are true high traffic areas (which is also why I chose to buy this product… I wanted to see if it would work), and the seeds are growing. So yes, it definitely works. Even if you take the easy way out like I did. But you will most definitely have better results if you follow the directions on the bag exact. I will definitely wait a few more weeks, then buy more of this seed to continue to fill in the SMALLER (yay!) patchy spots.
Grass did come up in 2 weeks as expected.
**Update: The first test area was a success, however that area is now slowly dying after a month; I still water twice a day. The second area I planted these seeds have not started sprouting. After all this time I will probably use SOD to fill the dirt area. If you have time to do all the prep and work these may be worth it, note that planting seeds can give you a spotty yard unless you take your time.
I’m impressed with how quickly and easily the grass grew! I started out with an area full of dirt, and 2 weeks later I have 1+ inch grass growing in some area. I’ve never planted anything in my life before this, so obviously I’m no lawn expert. If I was able to get these seeds to sprout and grow, you should have no problems either. I watered the area twice every day for 2 weeks, it took about a week before I noticed tiny grass growing; now it’s growing very fast!
This grass grew in some places. In the places it grew, it was lush and pretty. I just wished it would’ve grown in all places we planted it.
Very good and fast growing grass! Stays green! Makes a beautiful lawn!
Best all around seed I’ve ever used
Did a great job on side that I babied with attention and water, and prep. On the hill where I did little than scatter seed it didn’t do so good. But best of all the grasses I’ve tried in DC metro area, including Kentucky Blue, shade, and dense shade, fast grow and rye mixes.
I like this seed alot. For the climate related to the burbs of Chicago, this seed grew more full and faster than all of the seeds I used previously. When I get home, my 90 lb chocalate lab/pit mix executes a mad dog figure 8 pattern in full sprint and this grass held up so far very well. I will purchase again when the time comes. To Summarize: This seed results in a healthy, full grown crop of grass – given you plant the seed properly and follow the instructions in an adequate climate.
Great stuff. I used this to overseed and the grass is thick and grows like crazy. My HOA cuts the grass only once a week and they are barely keeping up with this grass seed. No more worn path by my dog on a tie line.
love these products.
We have two dogs that dug up our yard running around and so we tried to replant. I live in Georgia and planted this in March, which was a gamble, but we got a good amount of rain and this grew really really well. Will continue more planting in the Fall. Would recommend!!
Grass grew nicely
Awesome grass seed took just for Days it’s Already coming up,thank you
This is the best grass we have ever used. I keep is cut short (2 inches) and that part of the yard is always greener than the rest.
Laid down new seed in the backyard on 2/2/15. I’ve been keeping it damp at all times. It’s now 2/7 and the first blades are coming through! I am now confident I will have a great lawn by March. Far exceeds the expectations set by the description on the bag, which states a 10 to 14 day germination time. I will be buying a bigger bag to over seed the rest of the existing grass. We have two big dogs so I will repost again with pics once it’s grown in to see how it wears. I highly recommend this product so far!
Update 5/2/15 – see this pics I just posted for the end result. My backyard went from patchy weeds to a dark green jungle in 1 month. I couldn’t be happier with this product!!
If you have a dog like mine who runs around the backyard in a mad-dog pattern and tears up your lawn then you’ll love this grass seed. It germinates quickly and before you know it you have the thickest, deep green lawn you can imagine. This grass puts up with my dogs long nails that have typically been the death of other grass seeds I’ve used over the year, not to mention how well it tolerates her going to the bathroom on it day in and day out. I highly reccamend this grass seed to anyone looking for a lush lawn that will take a tremendous amount of abuse. I’m a strong believer in Jonathan Green products in general but this is one of their standouts in my book.
Got good seed germination in shaded areas. The grass is dense and dark green. Will order more.
Pretty grass but not very thick yet
Worked great in hard packed soil where I often drive my loaded truck into my backyard. Appears to be tough thus far.
This is a tall fescue mix however the picture is of a different product. I knew this before I made my purchase so be aware. The fescue looks great and it is still surviving where most of my other grass did not. Love jonathan green products
Was looking for a specific type of grass seed and all they sell here is bermuda. So I ordered it online and it grew in fine. Takes more water but well worth the work.
For the first time in my life I’ve grown grass. This stuff grows fast, fast, fast and it’s nice too. I’ve put it in a low to medium shady spot that gets a ton of traffic. Human and dog. Some of the neighbor cats and squirrels pay it a visit as well. I’m so happy with the little area I’ve done so far (12′ by about 4′) that I’m making plans to do more.
i’m not a lawn & garden expert but it works well for us in the area our 2 labs frequent.
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