Most people think that grass seed is all the same, but it goes without saying that you get what you pay for, even with grass seed. High quality grass seed will produce a healthy green lawn with excellent durability, whereas an inferior quality seed mix will produce grass that is dull in colour, susceptible to disease, and with a weak root system – so it always pays to buy high quality products to achieve perfect results.
A strong root system is paramount to achieving a stunning and durable lawn with a thick, even texture. A good all-round seed mix could be comprised of 50% Perennial Rye Grass and 50% Strong Creeping Red Fescue. Perennial Ryegrass provides a very important element to the make-up of the grass, as it has excellent recovery qualities. Strong Creeping Red Fescue provides outstanding tolerance to extreme summer temperatures, and forms strong rhizomes enabling it to keep the grass thick and strong.
A higher quality grass seed could also have the addition of Chewings Fescue in the seed mix, which adds a fine texture to the grass and helps to keep the grass disease-free. Slender Creeping Red Fescue is also usually included as it provides good wear tolerance, and helps the seeds to establish strong roots quickly.
There are a wide variety of grass seed mixes available, including wild flower seed and speciality grass seed mixes. If you are planning to incorporate a wild flower meadow within your garden, don’t be tempted to add wild flower seeds in with grass seeds, as grass seeds contain Perennial Ryegrass, which will not give good results. It’s also very difficult to get wild flower seed to establish in with existing grass, so it makes far more sense to use the speciality wild flower seed mixes that are available to achieve great results quickly.
In comparison to turf, grass seed is very economical when used over a large area, although remember there is a time-scale factor involved whilst waiting for the grass to grow and establish. Grass seed is also perfect for overseeding existing lawns and repairing damaged sections.