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Grass Seed Reviews

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Different grasses thrive in different regions, climates, and soil types. In addition to grass seed reviews, the Jonathan Green team offers information about turfgrass seed that will help you determine which seed will help you grow a strong, healthy, dark-green lawn.

Who is Jonathan Green?

Jonathan Green has helped bring beautiful dark-green lawns to clients since 1881, using only the highest quality materials. We have researched different turfgrass varietals in order to breed our genetically superior grass seed. We are dedicated to providing the absolute best grass seed mixtures and other products, and we rigorously test them to ensure that they perform to the highest standards.

Grass Seed Buying Guide

Grass Types

When planning your lawn, you will have to select the type of grass you want to grow. There are two main categories of turfgrass – cool-season and warm-season. Your success will depend on selecting the best grass seed for your situation.

  • Cool-season grasses include Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescues and Fine Fescues, and they dominate the cooler northern regions of the country, thriving in air temperatures of 65-80°F and growing rapidly in the spring and fall. They are drought-tolerant and very hardy.
  • Warm-season grasses include Bahia, Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine, and Zoysia, and grow most actively in the warmer areas of the country, preferring air temperatures in the 75-90°F range. These grasses achieve their peak growth in summer and will become dormant and turn brown during the cooler seasons.

If you decide to plant cool-season grass and want the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood, choose Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seed mixture. It looks and feels so much like Kentucky Bluegrass that even the pros have trouble distinguishing it from Bluegrass.

Jonathan Green Black Beauty® grass seeds are:

  • Deeply rooted (up to 4 feet)
  • Disease-resistant
  • Drought tolerant thanks to the invisible waxy leaf coating that preserves moisture in the plant (similar to the wax on an apple)
  • Dark green in color
  • Uniform leaf texture
  • Contain Endophytes for natural insect resistance

Levels of Shade

Does your yard get a lot of sun, partial sun, or little sun at all? Different types of grasses will tolerate different levels of shade. Most of them love sun and need at least six hours of direct sunlight to thrive. Shade-tolerant grass mixtures can thrive in sporadic sunshine or partial shade.

Black Beauty® Sunny Grass Seed is a grass seed mixture that provides 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.

For dense shade areas, Jonathan Green has developed Black Beauty® Dense Shade Grass Seed. It is composed of  several different grass seed varieties, including Black Beauty Tall fescues, and includes varieties that are naturally insect resistant. It can thrive in both medium and densely shaded areas as well as in dry or sandy soils where other grass seeds have failed.

Read reviews of Jonathan Green grass seed and learn more about choosing the right seed for your situation by visiting us online or stopping by your local independent home and garden retailer for answers to your questions.

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