Scotts Sun and Shade Grass Seed Growing Tips

Planting or seeding a lawn is not difficult and can be done successfully by almost anyone. Want a lush, well-maintained lawn that does more than improve the appearance of your home?  Scotts Turfbuilder Grass Seed at Lowes can do just that.   It reduces soil erosion, absorbs rainfall and improves air quality by absorbing dust and other particles and produces much needed oxygen. Lawns can become thin and worn because of weather or as a result of damage by insects or diseases.
Some badly damaged lawns need to be completely reseeded. Whether you are trying to grow your lawn from seed or attempting to bolster your existing lawn that was ravaged by winter or disease, planting grass seed can help you create a beautiful  green lawn. Before purchasing Scotts Turfbuilder brand or any other grass seed, consider the following questions:

  • Are you planting a new lawn or reseeding bare spots?
  • Is your lawn subjected to low, medium or high traffic?
  • How much time and money do you want to invest in lawn care?
  • Does your yard receive full, partial or no sun at all?
  • Do you prefer straight seed or a mixture of different varieties?

Grass Types: There are two main categories of turf grass, warm season and cool season. Warm season grass originates in the South and grows best in hot weather. Most warm season grass goes dormant and turns brown with cool temperatures.  Cool season grass generally originates from the North and is characterized by rapid growth in the spring and fall. Cool season grass often turns brown during periods of high summer heat.

Cool season grasses are planted from the upper south states and Midwest to Northern state areas. These grasses are best planted in the fall and spring of each year.

Warm season grasses are planted from the south and mid-west to Southern states. These grasses are best planted in the spring to late spring / early summer of each year.

  • Common warm season grasses include Bermuda, Bahia, St. Augustine and Zoysia
  • Lawns in warmer climates can be reseeded during winter for green grass all year long
  • Common cool season grasses include Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass
  • All types of cool season grass can be grown from seed
  • Some warm season grasses must be grown from sod or grass sprigs

Scotts TurfBuilder Grass Seed LowesScotts Turf Builder Grass Seed at Lowes.  You will find the following grass seed types at most Lowes stores:

Overview & Benefits of Scotts Turfbuilder Grass Seed at Lowes

  • Grows quicker, thicker, greener grass, guaranteed!
  • Contains our exclusive WaterSmart® PLUS coating that absorbs 2X more water than uncoated seed, feeds to jumpstart seedlings’ growth and protects against disease.
  • Stays green even in extreme conditions of dense shade and scorching sun.
  • Aggressively spreads to repair bare and thin spots.


When Is the Best Time to Plant Grass Seed?

Scotts Grass Seed Planting MapIts spring or fall for best results. The answer depends on the type of grass you’re planting and the temperature. Most grasses grow best when temperatures are between 55 and 80 degrees. I prefer early fall as the best time to seed because of its shorter days, cooler nights, and heavier dews. Your most successful seeding time is right after Labor Day.
Seeding around 2 weeks after that easy-to-remember holiday gives your new seedlings time to build strong roots before the winter. Spring is also a great time to plant cool-season grasses because of its moderate temperatures and heavier rainfall.  Of course avoid reseeding anytime during the summer months. Grasses grow best when temperatures are between 55-80 degrees. So the best time to plant is from late spring through early summer.  If you miss that opportunity, wait for just after Labor Day. Want to find the best type of grass seed for your state?

Click for our State Grass Seed Guide.

Why Grass Seed Doesn’t Grow

When  grass seed did not grow or did not germinate, I can usually find one of several reasons.  It’s usually not the seeds!  Here are the top reasons why your grass seed did not grow.

  1. Sometimes grass seed is spread on a lawn in spring after a crabgrass preventer or weed and feed fertilizer has been put down.  The result is very little or poor germination. Wait at least 4 weeks after fertilizer application to plant grass.
  2. You missed an area when you spread the grass seed.  It is usually that strip or space where the spreader missed.
  3. Covering the seed with too much soil.  Make sure the seed is just barely covered in soil and that it is no deeper than 1/8 inch.  It is to still see some seeds on the surface.
  4. Not watering. Many times the seed dries out during the critical time when the grass is germinating.  I have found that not watering or just watering the day you put the seed down, is the number one reason grass seed fails. It should be watered daily for 7-10 days after planting.
  5. A heavy rain can move grass seed to the low spots leaving the high spots with little to no germination.

Here’s a good video I found for basic reseeding techniques.  Cant say I agree with everything in the video, but it is good information.

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Some states grow new grass better in the fall than the spring.  Scotts Turfbuilder grass seed has a type for every region. Spring seeding takes longer to germinate than fall grass because the soil is colder.  With colder soil you can sometimes count on 2 weeks or more before you see new grass spouts.  Also, you will generally see some of the grass seed come up a week or so before the rest germinates because of the different varieties in the seed blend.  Don’t forget the PH soil test. Grass grows best when the pH is 6.5 to 7.0.  Most lawns are low with a pH between 6-6.5.  To raise the PH of soil, you simply add lime. It is a good idea to pick up a quick and easy soil test kit at Lowes for around $5.00.

By Victoria Stone