Test Your Soil
Before coming out and buying your grass seed, one of the first things you need to do is test your soil. If your lawn pH doesn't match your grass seed, you may find that you have a lawn that's just not as nice as you were expecting. You can get a soil test kit from your local extension office, and you can test it by getting samples from several areas around your yard and mixing them. Then put it in the envelope and wait for it to come back - it could take a few weeks, though, so prepare accordingly.
Warm Season or Cool Season
There are two different types of grass and depending on where you live, you may want one over the other. While warm season grasses work well in areas prone to drought and warm weather, cool season grass can stand up to cold temperatures. Of course, in Missouri, you may not be certain which type would work the best - we can help you out!
Your Landscape's Wear and Tear
When choosing your lawn seed, it's important to think about what types of activities you'll be enjoying on it. If you won't be spending time on your lawn, you can choose a grass that may be more delicate, but if you'll be walking around your landscape, or playing games on it, you'll want something hardier.
The Water Schedule
Another important thing to think about when choosing a grass seed is how much water it will need. If it needs a lot, it may be worth it to install an irrigation system in your landscape while you have it under construction.
Think About Your Lawn Layout
Is your landscape uneven? In the Ozarks, it's not hard to find a landscape that has hills. If you are seeding an area with slopes, you'll want to choose a seed blend that includes a quick growing grass seed like perennial ryegrass. It grows quickly and establishes a root system before erosion has a chance to set in.
Some grass varieties grow quickly, while others are slow growers. You'll want to think about this when choosing your grass seed. If you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to your lawn, you may want to opt for a slow growing grass.
Your grass will need to be fertilized in order to live up to its full potential. If you want to pursue organic fertilizers and compost, you'll want to keep this in mind. Do plenty of homework or come talk to us at Camdenton Farm and Garden. We can help you narrow down your search!
We carry many varieties of grass seed at our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks. From annual rye to winter wheat. We can even sell in bulk or by the pound, depending on your needs. Aside from our selection of lawn seed, we also sell the tools you'll need to not only plant your seed, but also keep it thriving through the year. Come out to our shop and let our staff help you find the perfect grass seed for your lawn!