Before you decide on which type of grass seed to go for (yes there is more than one, we’ll get to that later) you need to understand the type of grass you have. Believe it or not there are thousands of different types of grass that all have their own characteristics. It is worth doing some research into the breed or breeds of grass you have in your garden, as this will determine which seed you will require. To make things doubly complicated it is possible that your garden may have a blend of multiple breeds.
A blend of breeds isn’t uncommon as a lot of seed packs offer mixtures of multiple types of seeds. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it means that you have a layered effect whereby the different breeds give more of an all round effect.
In order to spot the different types of grass you need to know what they look like.
- Perennial Ryegrass - You can spot easily by identifying the purple or reddish colouration at the bottom. It grows quickly so, as a result, has become very popular.
- Red Fescue - This is also very popular as it is very durable so can handle a family having a kickabout in the garden. It has fine blades and a very attractive emerald colour when looked after properly.
- Common Bent Grass - Incredibly durable and can survive in many different conditions. It can also germinate all season long.
- Meadow Grass – Also known as Kentucky Bluegrass. A hard wearing grass that you can identify from its dark green colour. It also is slightly broader than other breeds. It can also attract a wide variety of wildlife.
These are only a few of the most popular in the UK so be sure to do your research when it comes to looking at new seeds. (Check out our Ultimate Guide to Grass)
Overall lawn seeds come in a variety of different types each with their own different demands and outcomes so always read the label before you buy some and be aware of how much you will need to work to get your lawn in the condition you want. The amateur gardener may want to choose a low maintenance seed with modest demands however it will not be as rewarding as the type of grass that will enable you to create your own croquet or mini golf lawn – the latter being very high maintenance but high reward.
What you also need to consider is the requirements for your own specific lawn. If you are going to be enjoying playtime with the children and/or dogs then a highly durable grass seed will be needed. You also will need to consider if there is any shade in your garden due to overhanging trees or walls, as some grass types don’t do as well as others under shade.
Most seeds can take 8-10 weeks before they are fully grown but as mentioned above this is very much dependent on the conditions that they are growing in so be sure to keep an eye on the progress and put the work in. It will be worth it in the end.