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A thriving, well-maintained lawn makes your home look effortlessly elegant. Ace Hardware carries a large variety of grass seed and lawn seed to keep your yard looking its best all year-round. With options for every type of yard, growing the yard of your dreams begins with choosing the best grass seed for your climate. The lawn experts at Ace Hardware bring you some tips on how to pick the best grass seed for your climate and your yard's sun exposure.

How to Choose the Best Grass Seed for Your Lawn

A well-manicured lawn does much more than improving the aesthetic of your home - it also improves air quality, reduces soil erosion and absorbs moisture from rainfall. Before purchasing grass seed, consider the following questions:

How Do You Plan to Use Your Grass Seed?

Lawn seed can be used to improve the appearance of your lawn in several ways. Determine what type of lawn seed is most appropriate for your task by factoring whether you plan to plant grass seed on a new lawn or to repair a few bare spots on smaller portions of your yard. When planting grass seed on a new lawn, consider purchasing bulk grass seed and using a seed and fertilizer spreader to spread your seeds evenly and with greater ease.

If you're only touching up a few bare spots caused by drought, heat, pets or insects, you can simply remove the dead grass and plant new grass seed. When repairing bare spots, it is best to look for fast-growing grass seed to ensure touched up areas will quickly match the rest of your lawn.

How Much Sunlight Does Your Yard Get?

There are many different types of grass seed species, and some types may work better in in certain levels of shade than others. For example, grass seeds like fescues may plant better in partial shades, while other grass seeds like bermudagrass won't grow as well in lawns that don't have full sun exposure.

What Type of Climate Do You Live In?

Plants require water to grow, but some climates experience long periods of drought. When purchasing the best grass seed for your climate, consider the seed’s drought tolerance ratings:

  • Low-drought tolerance grass seed works best in cool, shady areas that receive plenty of rainfall.
  • Medium-drought tolerance lawn seed works well in areas that are somewhat well-watered and partially exposed to sunlight.
  • High-drought tolerance lawn seed is best suited for warm, dry areas that don't receive as much rainfall.

When Do You Plan to Plant Your Grass Seed?

The two main types of lawn seed are warm-season and cool-season, or winter grass seed. Since warm-season grass seed originates in the South, it thrives well in hot weather and should be planted in the late spring. Since winter grass seed originates in the North, the best time to plant is in the late summer or early fall.
Do You Need to Replant Grass Seed Every Year?
Determining if you will need to annually plant grass seed really depends on the type of grass seed used in the past. When it comes to seeds and plants there are two types: 

  • Some grass seed is considered annual, which means that after the season is over, the grass won't grow back the following year. A great use for planting annual seeds is that they can be temporarily useful for creating temporarily covering and protecting the soil from erosion until your perennial lawn seed has enough time to grow and cover the lawn.
  • Other grass seed is considered perennial, which means that the grass will grow again season after season. 

If perennial seed were previously planted, it is likely you will not need to annually plant new seed. However, you may have some batches that need an extra maintenance or need some new seeds planted to help the ground recover from the previous year’s wear. 

Where to Find Grass Seed for Sale

Searching for grass seed near you? Ace Hardware carries the best-rated grass seed from top grass seed brands. Find organic grass seed, fast-growing grass seed and other options online or in-store. Then, get tips on starting seeds to take the guesswork out of planting your lawn!