A thriving lawn is the best natural defense against weeds. A gorgeous lawn beckons your family to enjoy the outdoors. To keep your lawn in top shape, seeding can help both to support thinned-out areas and as an integral part of routine maintenance. In either case, you obviously want the best grass seed for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio or Northern Kentucky home.
Of course, you want quality grass seed, but where to start? If you’ve been to a big box store and looked at seed, you already know there are an overwhelming number of types and brands of seeds. A poor choice could leave you with more hassle than you started with. Some seed blends contain filler (which can produce untreatable weeds – as we will discuss later); some turf types don’t work well in our region and yet there they are on the store shelves. We understand how confusing these options can be for you.
For beautiful, healthy grass, it is important that you make your seed selection wisely, which may mean turning to a professional for advice and assistance. We truly want you to have the best lawn possible and we know that this process starts with choosing the best grass seed available. We are here to help you with that decision.
Choosing the Best Grass Seed in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky
There are a lot of misconceptions about grass seed that can make the buying process a challenge. One major misunderstanding is the idea that every seed type is more or less the same, leading some homeowners to be fooled into choosing a product that has a fancy or appealing label or a brand name they recognize. Sometimes people also get fixated on certain advertising gimmicks. For example, they might pick a type that claims to have fast germination. But this is a common marketing ploy and it may turn out that what is growing quickly is a grass you do not desire in your yard.
The truth is that there are many differences among grass seed species. Don’t be misled by labels, brand appeal, or other irrelevant details. At the store, take the time to read the label. You may be surprised to see that it provides the percentage of how much of the content consists of weeds and nuisance grasses (which cannot be controlled by selective weed controls). The seed purchased in big box stores is simply not going to be of the same high quality as that which is used by a reputable landscape professional.
The Oasis’ Pick for the Best Grass Seed in Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky
A lot of research and development on grass seed is done each year via the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), which grows grass at various locations across the United States in order to determine the very best turf type for each region. The University of Kentucky is one of these local test sites, and we follow that data closely in making our choice of the best grass seed for Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Based on that research, as well as our own experience, we recommend Turf Type Tall Fescue blends as the best grass seed for our customers’ lawns. We use a blend that is 99% pure: we do not want to plant weeds in your yard!
We have found that the new varieties of Turf Type Tall Fescue can even grow in shaded areas, although sections of the yard that receive virtually no sun may require a different solution.
Getting Grass to Grow, Mature, & Survive
Getting grass seed to grow isn’t as simple as throwing it down on the ground and waiting for it to sprout. It needs some nurturing in order to germinate, with good seed-to-soil contact. That is why it is beneficial to do your seeding at the same time as your fall aeration, the service that pulls the soil plugs throughout your yard.
When lawn aeration and overseeding are done together, it allows the seeds to fall into the holes created by aerating. Years of university-level research and our experience with the success of combining the two services have shown us that this is the best way to overcome environmental challenges in our area and to help seed grow and thrive.
Successful seeding also requires the following to get started and to thrive:
- Fertilization: We apply starter fertilizer with grass seed in order to increase the fertilization rate.
- Watering: Grass seed needs to be watered daily for the first three weeks after seeding, then every other day for one week, and twice a week after that.
- Ongoing Care: A professional lawn care maintenance program will ensure that your yard gets what it needs on a continuing basis in order to thrive.
Seeding for Success
A beautiful lawn begins with choosing the best grass seed. However, seeding is only one part of an overall lawn health program that encompasses all of your turf’s needs.
By choosing Oasis, you will get the best grass seed for your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky home, giving your lawn an excellent start, and our ongoing care for your property will provide everything it requires to perform at its best all year long.
When it comes to your yard, from early on in the grass seed stage and up through health care for the mature lawn, we’re here for you. We’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, because the choices you make now will set your lawn up for success in the future.
If you’d like to find out more about seeding at your Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, or Northern Kentucky home, give us a call 513-697-9090 or contact us for a free estimate.