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Best Grass Seed for Poconos

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Growing a beautiful lawn in the Poconos requires you to choose the best grass seed. Look no further than the knowledgeable team at Jonathan Green for advice. 

Jonathan Green is a company that is built upon time-honored traditions and innovative scientific research. Since 1881, we have studied turfgrass and what it needs to thrive, creating products that provide lasting results year after year. Today, we use the latest scientific technology to test our products to make sure they will perform on your lawn. The result will be a beautiful green, healthy lawn for you and your family.

The Best Grass Seed for All of Pennsylvania

Black Beauty® Keystone Pennsylvania Grass Seed is a premium, all-purpose grass seed mixture that has been formulated specifically for the climates of the state of Pennsylvania. It thrives in full sun to medium shaded lawn areas and provides an attractive, perennial, healthy, dark-green lawn. This grass seed germinates in 10 to 14 days.

The Best Grass Seed for Sunny Areas

Black Beauty® Sunny Grass Seed is a grass seed mixture that helps create a long-lasting lawn of the highest quality in stressful, sunny growing conditions.  Black Beauty® Sunny contains Black Beauty Tall Fescues and the highest-rated, endophytic turfgrass varieties that deter damage from insects. It grows well in full sun, germinates in 10 to 14 days, and is deeply rooted for superior drought tolerance.

The Best Grass Seed for Shade

Growing grass in the shade can be challenging, but Black Beauty® Dense Shade Grass Seed grows in shady areas and dry soils where other seed mixtures have failed. It contains several grass types for species diversity, including Black Beauty Tall Fescues and naturally insect-resistant endophytic turfgrass varieties that help deter pests.  This mixture can thrive in both medium and densely shaded areas.

Get Acquainted with Your Soil

Soil is the foundation for a beautiful, healthy lawn. It should be loose and crumbly so that the tiny fibrous roots of the grass plants can penetrate it. No soil will ever be perfect, but with some extra TLC, you will have a lush, green lawn in no time.

Test the pH

Take soil tests periodically to monitor pH levels in your lawn. You can do this with a pH tester you will find in most garden centers and hardware stores. Our Soil pH Test Kit for Lawns is also available in the JonathanGreen.com online store. The lawn’s pH should be in a range between 6.2 and 7.0. 

Test for Compaction

To find out if you have compacted soil, try pushing a screwdriver into the soil. It should be able to penetrate at least six inches deep easily. You can also remove a chunk of soil from the turf and dig into the soil beneath it with a spade. If the soil is hard to get through, you have hard (compacted) soil and should aerate it.

Loosen and Amend the Soil

Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL® Plus is a natural, humate-rich, three-in-one “soil food” that will loosen hard soil, stimulate soil microbes, and adjust soil pH. It is designed to break up compacted soil for better air, water, nutrient, and root penetration. The product is available for acidic soil or alkaline soil. Use it every season to keep your soil biology and chemistry balanced.

If the soil is very compacted, use Jonathan Green Love Your Soil®  to loosen and aerate it organically. Love Your Soil® will also feed soil microbes, make the soil more alive and porous, enhance root development, and provide about 25% more soil-loosening power than MAG-I-CAL® Plus. 

For more advice on the best grass seed to use in the Poconos (and other parts of Pennsylvania!), visit us online at JonathanGreen.com or locate your nearest independent retail store, where they are always happy to answer your questions.

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