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Best Grass Seed for Tennessee

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In Tennessee, the best grass seed to plant is Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seed to ensure the best results.

Jonathan Green is a leading supplier of grass seed, organics, and turf products that are preferred by homeowners and sod growers alike.  Our name has represented genetically superior grass seed, innovation, integrity, determination, and a commitment to excellence since 1881. Today, six generations later, we remain committed to producing superior lawn and garden products.

We breed genetically superior turf grasses, such as those found in the Black Beauty® grass seed mixtures we develop in our own grass seed breeding program in Oregon. Our genetically superior grass seed and soil food products will transform your lawn and help it thrive.

The Best Grass Seed

If you want the best-looking lawn, be sure to choose the highest quality grass seed. We recommend the following Jonathan Green seed mixtures:

Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed – This seed mixture is most similar to what is found on sod farms.  It possesses species diversity and contains exclusive, elite varieties of Black Beauty tall fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. The grass seed will germinate in 7 to 14 days and grow a naturally dark-green and beautiful lawn with excellent heat and drought tolerance. 

Black Beauty® Sun & Shade Grass Seed – This is our most popular grass seed mixture. It contains exclusive varieties of Black Beauty Tall Fescues, Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass, is endophyte-enhanced for improved insect resistance. The grass seed will germinate in 7 to 14 days and grow a thick, dark-green lawn in both sun and partial shade areas.

Black Beauty® Heat and Drought Resistant Grass Seed – This is our most heat and drought tolerant grass seed mixture. It contains which makes it perfect for sunny and/or shady areas. Black Beauty® Heat and Drought Resistant Grass Seed contains Texas Bluegrass and Black Beauty® turf-type tall fescues and can withstand very hot temperatures up to 100°F. This seed germinates in 14 to 21 days.

The Importance of Water

Be sure to provide adequate moisture at all times for your new grass seed or germination will be delayed. They don’t need to be swimming in water, but moist.

Light watering two or three times a day – in the early morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon – will keep young seedlings moist and help them to fully germinate and grow into strong grass plants.

One way to prevent tender seedlings from drying out is to use our Top Dress™ Seedling Cover and Growth Accelerator, which will keep moisture close to the seed.

After a few weeks, reduce watering to two to three times a week and water deeply in each zone for at least 30 minutes. This puts water deep down into the root zone and promotes deeper root growth. 

Once you start to mow your new lawn, it will need about 1/2 inch of water at each watering during the growing season. NEVER water the lawn at night.  Excessive moisture on established grass leaves at night will increase the risk of fungal disease.

When you are ready to start planting the best grass seed for Tennessee, visit Jonathan Green online or find your nearest independent home and garden retailer to locate the products you need.

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