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Best Grass Seed for New York

Seeding
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Looking for the best grass seed for your lawn in New York? Look no further than Jonathan Green for tips and recommendations.

Jonathan Green has specialized in beautiful lawns since 1881. Six generations of the family have worked to perfect our genetically superior grass seed and our family of lawn and soil care products. Our products will transform every aspect of your lawn to help it thrive like never before and, with our New American Lawn Care Plan, caring for your lawn will be easier than ever.

Use the Best Grass Seed You Can Find

Ideally a grass seed should consist of several varietals, be drought-, disease- and insect-resistant, and establish deep roots. Finding all these qualities in a grass seed is difficult, but Jonathan Green Black Beauty® Original Grass Seed does it all!

Used by leading sod growers across the country, our genetically superior Black Beauty® grass seed creates a lawn full of grass that:

  • Has deep roots that can grow up to 4 feet deep for superior heat resistance;
  • Features an invisible waxy leaf coating that wards off disease and locks in moisture;
  • Is dark green, lush, and uniform;
  • Grows well in clay or sandy soils;
  • Grows well in both the sun and shade;
  • Is endophyte-bred for natural insect resistance.

When to Plant

If you are determined to have a green lawn by summer, you could plant grass seed in New York from early April to mid-May. Even a light frost will not hurt the grass as it begins to establish.

A better time to plant grass seed is early fall (mid-August to mid-September). Warmer soil temperatures (60° to 70° F) and consistent rainfall at this time of year encourage faster seed germination and deeper roots that will help the grass plants get established before winter sets in. You will also have less competition from summer weeds, such as crabgrass.

After the soil warms up in mid-to-late spring, the grass plants will develop even deeper roots, grow thicker, and develop food reserves that will prepare them for surviving the summer stress.

Before You Get Started

Grass seeds thrive in soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.2 – 7.0), while weeds persist and are more difficult to eliminate in acidic soils that have a lower pH. Use a Soil pH Test Kit for Lawns to check the soil pH. You can buy one at your local hardware store or garden center or at JonathanGreen.com.

Soil pH that is too low should be treated with Mag-I-Cal® Plus for Lawns in Acidic & Hard Soil. Our innovative formula will quickly balance the soil pH and help the lawn grow greener and healthier. It can be applied the same day as the grass seed is spread.

When soil pH is too high, Jonathan Green’s Mag-I-Cal® Plus for Lawns in Alkaline & Hard Soil contains sulfur and calcium sulfate dihydrate that will lower the pH, improve root penetration and promote growth.

If your soil is hard or compacted, Love Your Soil® will loosen and aerate it. It will also feed the soil microbes, making the lawn soil more alive and porous, and enhancing root and root mass development. Love Your Soil® can be applied the same day as the grass seed and Mag-I-Cal.

For more information about the best grass seed for a New York lawn and how to care for it, visit us online at JonathanGreen.com or visit your nearest independent hardware or garden center for expert lawn care advice.

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