What are the benefits of using a drought tolerant seed?
Because of changing and challenging weather conditions for Seattle area lawns I have now decided to carry a premium drought tolerant grass seed. Because soil conditions are poor from new home construction and the summers are getting hotter it is getting more difficult for many families to have a healthy lawn. With this new Seattle drought tolerant seed, your lawn will require less watering lower fertilizer requirements and less maintenance. This new type of grass seed excels in both sunny and shade conditions. This particular drought tolerant seed that I have chosen to carry has been developed from cooperation between private and government seed breeding programs.
This drought tolerant seed is A-List approved for water conservation, reduced fertility, traffic, heat, and drought stress tolerances.
A-LIST is an independent, non-profit, industry initiative, fostering development of sustainable turfgrass varieties and related products that perform their function with less maintenance inputs, thus benefiting the environment.
- Summer Stress Tolerant
- Brown Patch Resistent
- Dense, Dark and Durable
- Natural Resistance to Insects and Disease
- Tolerates Shade
- Tolerates High Traffic
When buying seed for your lawn, buy from a reputable and knowledgeable representative. Don’t just buy any brand. Seed distributors have to supply the big box stores where they market their lower quality seed. This is why I purchase my seed by the ton, from a seed broker I have known for over 10 years. My seed cannot be purchased at nurseries or box stores. I use only seed that local golf courses use on their fairways. A fairway grass is a Class C turf which most closely resembles your home lawn. A putting green is an example of a Class A turf. For home lawns I prefer to use a 70/30 seeding mix.
Fescue grass also requires more water longer than perennial rye grass in order to become established. You need to water a little longer than you think so the secondary grasses can become established. Also note that you don’t want to let the perennial rye grass grow above 5 inches tall before first cut or it will shade out your fescues.
- the color of the grass at maturity
- the fineness of the blade and uniformity
- how the grass will be maintained, such as cutting and fertilization
- disease and susceptibility to pests
- the hydro mulch to be used
- seed quality and fertilizer
- if the soil to be hydroseeded is on a slope, then is a tackifying agent needed to prevent soil from washing away?
- do they have experience working on residential lawns?
- what do they recommend for weed control?
The type of seed that I am using for Western Washingtion is a turf type called Tall Fescue
In the Seattle area turf type tall fescues require about 3 weeks longer than many other seeds.
Tall fescue grass needs to be watered for about 3 weeks to start germination
This seed likes to germinate at 60 degrees and above.
Yes, you have to water longer during the gemination stage, its slower to develope. Once its established, it is a very easy lawn to take care of.
The grass should ideally be cut 3 inches high. This allows for strong root development.
If you have a lawn with many kinds of grasses and you have a lots of thatch, this would be a great grass seed for you. This seed is also great for new lawns.