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Best Grass Seed for Ohio

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When you plant Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seed in Ohio, you can look forward to a thick, dense and dark green lawn that is easy to maintain and the envy of your neighborhood. Get tips and advice from the experts at Jonathan Green.

Jonathan Green has been growing beautiful lawns for six generations (since 1881). Today, we are a major supplier of genetically superior cool season grass seed, fertilizers, soil enhancers, organics, and weed, insect, and disease control products to homeowners and the professional lawn care markets. Our products will transform your lawn and help it thrive.

When to Plant Grass Seed in Ohio

The absolute best time to plant your Ohio lawn is in the late summer to early fall (from mid-August to early October). This will give the young grass two or three months to get established before temperatures get too cold and growth stops. Next spring, the growth of the grass roots will accelerate as soon as the soil temperature warms to 55 degrees. By the time the summer heat kicks in, your lawn will have developed deeper roots to handle the stress.

The Best Grass Seed

If you want the best-looking lawn, be sure to choose the highest quality grass seed. We highly recommend either Jonathan Green Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed or Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed:

  • Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed is most similar to what is found on sod farms. The mixture contains exclusive, elite varieties of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.  These cool season grasses grow a naturally dark-green and beautiful lawn with excellent heat and drought tolerance.  Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed germinates in about 14 days and will improve any lawn it is overseeded into.
  • Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed has been specially formulated for successful fall seeding and contains several cool season grass types, including Black Beauty® tall fescues. It can be used in sun and shade lawn areas on established lawns or to start new lawns from scratch. Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed repairs summer damage and provides an attractive, thicker, greener lawn, with germination in 10 to 14 days.

The Best Way to Prepare Your Soil

Before you lay any seed down, the soil must be at the right pH and must be aerated and loosened to allow the roots to grow properly.

MAG-I-CAL® is specially formulated to quickly raise or lower your soil to the ideal pH range of between 6.2 and 7.0. For pH that falls below 6.2, use Mag-I-Cal® Plus for Lawns in Acidic & Hard Soil. For pH that is above 7, use Mag-I-Cal® Plus for Lawns in Alkaline & Hard Soil. (You can purchase a Soil pH Test Kit for Lawns from us or any local hardware or garden supply store.) MAG-I-CAL® can be applied the same day as the grass seed is spread.

Once you’ve corrected the soil pH, loosen and aerate it for best root growth. This can be done with Love Your Soil®, which activates the microbes within the soil. Once activated, the microbes allow for nutrients to be easily absorbed by the grass roots, resulting in stronger, heartier grass. Both of these products can be applied right before laying down new seed.

If you are looking for the best grass seed for Ohio, look no further than Jonathan Green. For advice or tips, visit us online or locate your nearest independent retail store where their home and garden professionals will answer any questions you may have.

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