So you're going to seed your lawn? Sounds simple doesn't it...till you go into a store and you see all the different types of grass seed out there. Then it gets confusing. It gets intimidating. I'm going to show you how to buy the right seed for your lawn.
When grass seed is harvested it is laid out to dry for four to six weeks. It's swept up every night in case of rain. Depending on the conditions other plant seeds of different variety that are already in the soil can be swept up with the new seed.
And that is called crop. And if that crop germinated in your lawn it can be a huge problem. And that's why today when I talk about buying grass seed, you look on the label and it shows different things. It shows the percentage of germination, it shows the percentage of weed seeds and it shows crop and crop is really best if you buy crop zero.
One half of 1 percent of crop seed can produce wild grasses in your yard - 12 to 15 per square foot - and that just ruins the whole blend. So it really is important when you buy grass seed to look at the seed label. Those are done by universities or by the state and it has to be approved by the state to sell the seed. What is on that label is what you can believe.
I recommend fescue in Kansas City for most lawns. Blue Grass is beautiful, but unless you have a sprinkler system it's harder for most people to maintain. When it comes to grass seed, remember two things - it must be touching soil to germinate, and you get what you pay for! The higher quality, the more beautiful and healthy lawn you will have!
Next week I have got a great treat for you, we're going to meteorologist Jeff Penner's lawn and I'm going to show him how to Tobinize it! That's it, have a great week!
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