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Different Types of Grass for Lawns: How To Choose Your Grass Seed

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Lawn Care

Before deciding which seed is right for your lawn, you should think about the amount of sunlight your lawn receives, how much foot traffic the grass will get, and how much space will need to be covered. Like all plants, grass seed is particular about the amount of sunlight it receives. Some varieties prefer full sun, while others enjoy partial shade. While it may not seem like a big deal, the size of the area that needs to be seeded can affect the type of seed you purchase. Want a picture perfect lawn that looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine? No matter what level of wear and tear your lawn gets, the right seed selection for your lawn is available. 

Different Types of Grass for Lawns

different types of grass for lawns

There are many different types of grass for lawns including fescue, Bermuda, bluegrass, zoysia, and ryegrass, to name a few. Fescue is popular for its cold tolerance and ability to withstand foot traffic. Whereas, Bermuda grass goes dormant within a few days of cool weather, turning yellow. It also grows aggressively and can push into flower beds. Ryegrass is another grass that is durable and can withstand foot traffic.


Things to consider when choosing different types of grass seed for lawns:

  • Where do you live? Some seed is better for Southern areas and some seed is better for Northern areas.
  • Will it be in sun or shade?
  • How much ground do you need to cover?
  • How long will it take to grow?
  • Is it largely weed free?
  • What color and length do you prefer?
  • Is it durable?

Grass Seed Blends

PlantingTree has pristine blends of Lesco grass seed. These blends are highly adaptable, whether used for a new lawn or reseeding over an existing lawn.  

Lesco Double Eagle Ryegrass 

Lesco Double Eagle Ryegrass grass seed

The Lesco Double Eagle Ryegrass seed is perfect for fall seeding, and can seed over your existing lawn. This full sun loving seed is widely used in the South and is extremely tolerant of heavy use. Have a luscious, rich green, fine textured, turf covered lawn in 4-8 weeks, and be the talk of your neighborhood. Ryegrass seed germinates within 3 to 5 days when temperatures are moderate. Use 6-9 pounds of ryegrass for every 1,000 square feet of lawn you are over-seeding. You’ll need to cut down your existing lawn to a ½ inch and bag your clippings to ensure that the new seed has an optimal opportunity to grow.

Lesco Transition Blend

The Lesco Transition Blend promotes a weed free lawn that rapidly produces durable, dark green grass that is drought, heat, and shade tolerant. This is the top seed choice for athletic fields, roughs on a golf course, parks, playgrounds, and even home lawns. This above par blend can be used to establish a new yard or even help rejuvenate your existing lawn. When newly seeding a lawn with the transition blend, an average of 6-8 pounds of seed should be used for every 1,000 square feet of space. This seed blend grows best when ground temperatures are between 60 and 85 ℉. You should see signs of germination within 14 days of application.

Lesco Tall Fescue Select

lesco transition blend grass

The Lesco Tall Fescue Select is a blend that is well suited for a variety of climates. Fescue is a popular grass for home lawns. This grass seed blend will easily adapt to a multitude of locations. Much like the Lesco Transition Blend, the Tall Fescue Blend is also resistant to drought, high traffic lawn usage, and is pest resistant.  When using the Fescue Select to establish a new lawn, use 6-8 pounds per every 1,000 square feet. Use 4-6 pounds over an existing lawn. This blend will produce an easy to mow, dense, fine textured turf when seeded at the recommended rates.  

Lesco Shade Tree Mix

Have a shady area under a tree you need to fill in? The Lesco Shade Mix provides maximum tolerance to limited sunlight. It includes a mix of Lacrosse, Shadow 3, Foxfire and Gotham, which are premium fescue varieties. It is recommended for areas with 25%-65% reduced sunlight. Use 4-5 pounds per every 1,000 square feet, or 2-3 pounds over existing grass.

Lesco Sun and Shade Park Seed Mix

Sun and Shade Park Seed Mix

If you live up North, the Lesco Sun and Shade Park Seed Mix, might be a better fit. It’s designed to grow in areas with between 4-10 hours of sunlight per day. This grass seed mix is commercial grade and 99.9% weed free. It’s designed to work in both sunny and shaded areas. Use 10 pounds per every 1,000 square feet, or 5 pounds over existing grass.

Why Lesco?

Lesco makes a clean and weed free grass seed. They use advanced testing and unparalleled clean seed standards. As a result, they have the highest germination rates in the industry.


Now you know about some different types of grass for lawns. When considering what types of grass will work for you, be sure to consider location, sun, and more. Finding the right seed for a picture perfect lawn is simple when you choose one of these top of the line blends. With the proper maintenance, care, and seeding techniques your lawn could look like it just came off the cover of a prestigious magazine.     


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