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Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue : Kentucky 31, known in the seed industry as KY-31 or K-31, helped tall fescue grasses transition from livestock pasture grasses to lush, durable, manicured lawns. It is valued for easy establishment, drought resistance and improved heat tolerance over many other tall fescue varieties. Read everything you need to know about Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue in our resources.

Southwest Region : Beginning in Texas and stretching into Southern California, this region combines saline water and alkaline soil with intense sunlight, high temperatures and varying elevations. Resilient Bermudagrass is widely used in the region, but sufficient watering is essential. Read more about Southwest region grass seed recommendations in our seed resources.

Grass Seed Recommendation By Region

Kentucky Bluegrass : For many lawn owners in the United States, Kentucky bluegrass is synonymous with the ideal lawn. When given its preferred growing conditions and proper care, this grass produces a dense, lush, durable lawn that lives up to its reputation. This grass requires a relatively high level of maintenance to look its best, but results can be worth it. Read everything you need to know about Kentucky Bluegrass in our resources.

Centipede Grass : Centipede grass is known for its excellent heat tolerance and extremely low maintenance requirements. A favorite of lawn owners interested in minimal upkeep, Centipede grass requires far less attention and input than other grasses in its growing region. However, Centipede has very specific climate and soil requirements that limit its use in the United States, primarily in the Southeast. Read everything you need to know about Centipede Grass in our resources.

Perennial Ryegrass : This hard-working grass is valued for its fast germination rate and quick establishment, which makes it a valuable component in permanent and temporary lawns. Under proper growing conditions in suitable regions, perennial ryegrass forms a lush, fine-bladed lawn that maintains its color into winter. Read everything you need to know about Perennial Ryegrass in our resources.

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Here we can see that there are several varieties of tall fescue listed on this label. The other thing that is important to see is the percentage of “other crop”. And we see this percentage of “other crop” is zero percent. And that percentage of “other crop” seed could be other kentucky bluegrass, it could be creeping bent grass – it could be any other host of turf grass seeds. When we’re buying a bag of tall fescue, we want to have tall fescue, and not other turf grasses in that bag.

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High Qualty Grass Seed – Worth the Extra Cost

When we’re looking at a bag of tall fescue, for example, that percentage of “other crops” seed could be kentucky bluegrass, or rough bluegrass which is a common weed we deal with in Kansas. It’s a grass that’s grown for lawns in other parts of the country, but in Kansas we deal with it as a weed. So, it’s listed on the label as “percentage other crop.” So we need to look at that “percentage other crop”, and we need to look at that “percent weed seed” and make sure that they’re zero or as close to zero as possible.

The important part, when you buy grass seed for your yard, is that the old motto holds true – “you get what you pay for.” Higher quality seed will have better quality varieties, will be more free of weed seeds, and more free of “other crop” seeds. Not everyone realizes what that “other crop” weed seed or “other crop seed percentage” could be.

Cool-season grasses are best seeded in early September. Seeds germinate and grow rapidly in the warm soil with time to become well established before winter. But, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for.