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Full Sun Grass Seed

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The best full sun grass seed for you to grow will depend on your local climate and growing conditions. Jonathan Green has the perfect solution if you are located in a cool-season grass region like New England, the Upper Midwest, High Plains, Northern California, or Pacific Northwest.

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. We are dedicated to teaching homeowners how to grow a great lawn and keep it looking healthy year after year.

Sun Lovers: Tall Fescues & Kentucky Bluegrass

There are two types of cool-season grasses that are perfect choices for tolerating hot summers and full sun – tall fescues and Kentucky bluegrass.

Tall fescues are cool-season grasses that have been the preferred grass seed in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states for nearly 30 years and the Midwest and far-western states like California for the last ten years. Thanks to a deep root system, they are adaptable to a wide range of climates, are disease resistant, and tolerate cold, heat, drought, and shade very well. Tall fescues require at least four hours of direct sun per day to survive. They have a very deep root system, giving them excellent drought tolerance.

Kentucky bluegrass makes a stunning lawn that tolerates shade but requires at least eight hours of direct sun to survive. It is vulnerable to weeds and diseases during summer and in generally hot climates and requires at least 2” of water per week – twice as much as tall fescue. Not quite as drought tolerant as tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass will go dormant during dry spells to conserve its energy.

Our Recommendations

Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed contains a mixture of exclusive, elite tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass and is often grown on sod farms.  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 seeded into.

Blue Panther® Kentucky Bluegrass Grass Seed grows a sod-quality lawn from seed. It contains the very best Kentucky bluegrasses currently grown by leading sod growers and golf courses across America. Blue Panther lawns are dark-green in color, very uniform in leaf texture, and can withstand high traffic. This seed germinates in 21 – 28 days.

Black Beauty® Texas Bluegrass Grass Seed is our most heat and drought tolerant grass seed mixture. It contains Texas Bluegrass and Black Beauty® turf-type tall fescues, making it perfect for sunny or shady areas. This seed germinates in 14 to 21 days. It can withstand sweltering temperatures up to 100°F.

Black Beauty® Sunny Grass Seed is a grass seed mixture that helps create a long-lasting, high-quality lawn 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.

Read more about full sun grass seed online at JonathanGreen.com or ask for advice on the best products at your local independent home and garden retailer.

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