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Black Beauty® Texas Bluegrass Grass Seed
- SolarGreen® Texas Bluegrass with Black Beauty® tall fescues can withstand heat up to 100°F
- Requires less water and fertilizer than traditional Kentucky Bluegrass
- Grows dark green, drought-resistant, and highly durable lawns
- Grows well in both sunny and/or shady areas
- Germinates 14 - 21 days
- Spreader Settings
- Reviews (8)
Jonathan Green Black Beauty® SolarGreen® Texas Bluegrass Grass Seed is our most heat and drought tolerant grass seed mixture yet! It contains Texas Bluegrass and Black Beauty® turf-type tall fescues which makes it perfect for sunny and/or shady areas. SolarGreen Texas Bluegrass can withstand very hot temperatures, up to 100°F, and requires less maintenance than traditional Kentucky Bluegrass.
This mixture will produce a dark-green, heat resistant, highly durable lawn making it ideal for lawns located in southern California, northern Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina or anywhere along the transition zone. Like our other Black Beauty varieties, SolarGreen Texas Bluegrass Mixture can grow roots up to four feet deep, contains a waxy leaf coating to preserve moisture, displays a uniform (not clumpy) growth habit, and naturally withstands insects and diseases. SolarGreen gives you the beauty of Kentucky Bluegrass without the summer problems!
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 – Test 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 55°+ 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 lightly each morning to keep the seedbed moist. In sandier soils that dry out quickly watering more than once a day may be needed. 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 Fescues and Texas Bluegrass
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
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Insect & Disease Resistance: Excellent
High Traffic Tolerance: Excellent
Planting Depth: ¼ inches
Germination Time: 14 – 21 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.
I found this locally last year. Did a late fall dormant over seeding. Took root. Exactly what they promise.
I burned out some patches of ugly tall fescue last year and filled in those areas using only SolarGreen. Right now (end of June in Michigan) the rest of my lawn is stressing out real bad from the high temps in the upper 80’s and 90’s and several days with the heat index of just over 100 degrees. The SolarGreen patches are a thick deep green with the rest of my lawn looking very brown (dormant). I water and fertilize regularly and we’ve gotten a bit of rain, but like every year the high temps are too much for my lawn to overcome. That is, except for the SolarGreen patches. Now I’m seriously considering burning the rest of my lawn out and seeding 100% with SolarGreen this fall. I know it’ll look terrible until it germinates but after seeing how it performs in the hot summer months, I don’t think I really have a choice. What better way to shame the neighbors and dominate the neighborhood than to literally have the greenest lawn around?
I planted this in October of 2021. Had a beautiful dark green color until December (I think I should have done soil tests etc to keep it green). It’s mid June and temps are in mid 90’s everyday. I did finally do a soil test about 4 weeks ago and applied some fertilizer and lime a few weeks ago after getting the results. It greened up but isn’t looking as good as it was in the fall. I’m hoping to really hit it with fertilizer in the fall to get it going again! We’ll see.
I’m located in Orange County, California. I seeded the front yard on April 9, and the Solar Green seed germinated in about six days. The lawn is a dark green color with fine blade grass. Marathon II sod is quite common in this area, and I thought my back yard Marathon sod looked good; not anymore. Marathon II is quite coarse in comparison. The Jonathan Green Black Beauty SolarGreen front lawn is like a thick green carpet and cost about 1/10 that of sod. People are now stopping and asking what it is. It is now one of the best looking lawns in the area.
Ordered a 7 lb bag Monday about noon Pacific Standard Time here in Southern California. Arrived Wednesday early afternoon. I have killed and dug out the old lawn. Will post another review in a few weeks with how the new seed is doing.
It’s only been 10 days since seeding. Temperatures in the high 70s to mid 80s right now. So far this seed has been wonderful. I just brought it to put in my lawn as a project. I must say it’s very good quality. I guess the test will be when we hit the 90s on up, but so far it’s amazing.
Probably a good grass mixture, but less than 10% Texas Bluegrass. 90% of the mix is their premium tall fescue. If this info was available on the page description I would have not purchased this product.
JG Response: We are sorry for any confusion. The components of this mixture are also in the Description and Specification headings under the “Add to cart” box. Grass seed is listed in percentages by weight, not seed count. Texas Bluegrass seeds are about 1/3 the size of tall fescue seeds so by seed count, this mixture is about 40% Texas Bluegrass and 60% tall fescue. FYI – when you see the word “mixture” on a bag of grass seed, that indicates more than one species. When you seed the word “blend”, that indicates one species.
We have very poor topsoil in my front yard. I’ve struggled to get other seed mixtures to grow in the past but this Black Beauty Mixture has done very well. I haven’t even watered it much. It must be a very drought tolerant grass seed.
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