Peel Landscape Depot offers quality grass seeds suitable for a number of applications. It is important to select the right blend or mixture of grass seed for your particular needs.
We should probably explain that a grass seed blend has several cultivars (short for cultivated varieties) of the same species of grass whereas a grass seed mixture is composed of several different species of grass. The advantage of a blend is that the lawn will have a very even, consistent appearance yet still offer some genetic diversity and varying resistance to diseases. The main disadvantage is found where varying light conditions favour or disfavour that single species.
The advantage to a mixture is genetic diversity and disease resistance of several different species. A mixture may allow one species to perform well in shady conditions and compensate for the other species in the mix that aren’t performing as well. The main disadvantage is that it doesn’t usually produce the uniform appearance of a blend.
Making a Choice:
Establishing or Repairing a Home Lawn: Certain species of grass like Kentucky Bluegrass perform well in sunny locations, but not so well in shady conditions. Other grasses like Creeping Red Fescue do reasonably well in shady conditions, but don’t have quite the aesthetic appeal of a good Kentucky Bluegrass or Perennial Ryegrass lawn in a sunny location. The seed companies try to make your choice easy by offering a seed mixture for sun and another for shade and change the ratios of seed of the shade tolerant species accordingly. Generally, for most home applications, Peel Landscape Depot recommends using a mixture or a mixed blend that has Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and one or more fine fescues like Creeping Red Fescue or Chewings Fescue.
Overseeding a thin lawn:
There are times when the lawn has become thin and you want to improve the turf density or “thicken up” the lawn. You can do this by aerating and overseeding or slit seeding. In these cases, Peel Landscape Depot recommends using a blend of perennial ryegrass cultivars. Perennial ryegrass seed is sometimes referred to as a “throw and grow” seed because it germinates and “catches” so much more easily than most other grass species. We do recommend using a blend to provide varying genetic diversity and disease resistance. The other advantage to using perennial ryegrass seed is that almost all turf type perennial ryegrass seed contains a fungus known as an endophyte. The fungus grows inside the growing grass plant and produces one or more alkaloids that are feeding deterrents to insects like sod webworm, chinch bugs, and certain stages of the Annual Bluegrass Weevil and Bluegrass Billbug. The alkaloids are only contained in the aboveground portions of the plant so, unfortunately, they don’t deter white grubs from feeding on the roots.
Peel Landscape Depot recommends mixing an endo-mycorrhizae, like Myke Turf, with your seed to improve the establishment of your grass stand and reduce the long term requirements for fertilizer and water.