What Is The Best Grass Seed For New Hampshire Lawns?
You have driven by that lawn 100 times and never noticed it before – until it turns a golden brown in the winter months. Then it sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s not surprising to us when we get a call in the springtime from a new homeowner who asks, “is my lawn dead?” What happened to this lawn?
There’s nothing wrong with the lawn. It is Zoysia grass. Chances are the previous homeowner was having trouble keeping their lawn green during the hot summer months, so they bought a “drought tolerant” grass seed from a big-box or home improvement store. Without knowing what type of grass seed was in it, they assumed it would solve their problem.
Zoysia grass does stay a lush green all summer long with very little watering needed. But it is a southern grass. It’s cultivated to grow in regions in North Carolina south. Zoysia grass is not a hardy grass for the cold New Hampshire winters. National warehouse stores do carry popular brands like Scotts or Pennington, but these well-known grass seed distributors supply seed blends for all climates.
The best grass seed for New Hampshire lawns is typically a blend of perennial rye, bluegrass and fescues. Perennial Rye is a fine blade grass that tolerates heat as well as cold. Bluegrass is a thick-bladed grass that gives a rich sod lawn look, but stops growing when temperatures reach 80°. Fescue grasses grow well in the shade, and tend to be clump-forming. A good grass seed blend works as a team, performing well in both cool and warm seasons; in sun and in shade. Having a mixture of several types of hardy grasses also reduces the risk of a fungus wiping out the entire lawn.
Sometimes fixing a lawn that burns out in the summer is not as simple as buying a particular type of grass seed. The original lawn may not have had enough topsoil put down when it was seeded, or perhaps the house lot was filled with sand. Prolific crabgrass growth is often a sign of too much sand underneath. Installing a lawn irrigation system – or properly calibrating the existing one – should allow your grass to stay green all summer. In some cases, it may be worthwhile to remove the existing lawn and provide a full 3-4” inches of good organic topsoil.
At Giant Landscaping, we sell professional grade grass seed to both homeowners and contractors from our Hanover Street location in Manchester. It’s perfect for over seeding or installing into new lawns. If you’re not sure why your lawn struggles year after year, give us a call – we will be happy to provide a solution for you.