Learn about which types of grass seed are right for colder climates.
Successfully seeding your lawn starts with selecting a premium quality grass seed mixture that is appropriate for your local climate. Mixtures consist of two or more types of grasses blended to perform for specific purposes. Premium mixtures will not contain more than 10% Annual Ryegrass, as this variety will not come back after one year and should only be used as a nurse grass to shade and protect other varieties that germinate slower. Select a mixture with the highest percentage of the variety that suits your needs.
Here are a few of the most common grass seeds for colder climates:
A hardy grass preferred in full sun areas that will be well maintained. Sod-forming rhizomes knit together to provide a thick, durable lawn. Germinates in 21 days and mixes well with Perennial Rye and Fine Fescue. Dark green in color and medium-textured. Recommended for zones 2 to 7.
Comes back year after year but will not withstand extreme temperatures like Bluegrass. Deep-rooted and well-suited for sandier soils. Germinates in 5-7 days. Newer turf-type varieties are darker green than common Perennial Rye. Tolerates high traffic and requires less maintenance. Grows well in filtered, or medium sunlight conditions. Recommended for zones 7 to 8.
Dark green, fine-leaf grass that tolerates shade and less water than Perennial Rye and Bluegrass. Also grows in poor soils. Germinates in 10-15 days and should be blended with other grasses to avoid bunching. Recommended for zones 1,2,3,6 and shaded 4.
Once you’ve chosen which type of grass seed is right for your needs and climate, you can spread it with a lawn spreader or garden seeder. With the right grass seed, you can have a beautiful, thriving lawn. For more tips on caring for your lawn and garden, visit our Lawn Care and Gardening blogs.