Welcome, April is National Lawn Care Month, and it’s a great time to discuss how to buy grass seed that is high quality for your lawn and landscaping company. Read on to learn what type of grass seed to buy for optimal results!
Your customers trust you to use professional-grade grass seeds to make their lawns look verdant, thick, and healthy with hardly any weeds. While good lawn care practices start from the soil upward, you still need to buy quality turfgrass seed to produce a vibrant lawn.
How to Know What Type of Seed to Purchase
As you know and will experience when buying from your distributor, you need to buy the grass seed that will thrive in your region. You can learn more about cool season lawns and warm season lawns in these blog posts.
Before you buy grass seed, you need to know your customers’ lawns—since a residential home in the woods will need turfgrass seed for shade, and a commercial property with an entire sunny campus will need full sun grass seed.
Here are some other tips for knowing what type of grass seed to buy:
- Know what type of properties you’ll be seeding: Think slopes, full sun, partial shade, etc.
- Next, the condition of your customer’s property: For example, do you have poor yard drainage customers? Is the soil’s pH too alkaline for grass to grow?
You need to fix these issues and be aware of the grass variety that needs to grow in these problem areas.
- What is the client’s planned use of their property: Will you be seeding an athletic field, a residential home in an HOA, or a mixed-use property?
- Will you be maintaining the lawn, or will a groundskeeper or homeowner?
- Do you want to buy top-quality turfgrass seed? What seed performance varieties are you buying? Do you need to purchase mixed fescue varieties or more bluegrass mix?
Next, you need to read and understand the seed label on the grass bag to know what type of grass seed to buy. Now, you’ll be buying grass seed in bulk, but many grass seed manufacturers have their seed labels online.
Also, the grass seed tag tells you the following information about the seed that’s in the bags you’re buying:
- The grass species, such as Kentucky blue, zoysia, tall fescue
- The germination rate, including the amount of grass in the bag that will germinate
- The origin tells you what state produced this batch of grass seed
- The test date tells you when someone tested this seed lot
- The address of the turfgrass seed producer
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- The AMS#, which is the Agricultural Marketing Seed number
- The noxious weed label reports the weeds that your state says are invasive and may be banned from your state
- The weed label states the percentage of weed seed in this lot
- The inert label tells you the percentage of the seed mix in this lot that won’t germinate
- Pure seed is the percentage by weight of pure seed on the label
- You can find the percentage by weight of other seeds and pure seeds in this lot by looking at the crop label. These seeds aren’t weed seeds.
Then, you need to know the difference between a blue tag (also known as a certified seed) and a quality seed, as well as what type of grass seed to purchase:
- The blue tag shows you that someone thoroughly tested the grass seed in the bag for genetic purity during the production process.
- The analysis tag legally guarantees the percentage of content and varieties in the grass seed bag.
- The blue tag doesn’t attest to the seeds’ quality. Instead, it’s better to partner with a turfgrass seed distributor that you know and trust to guide you to buying quality turfgrass seed.
- The NTEP tests grass seed for its purity and other measures mentioned above. You should only buy NTEP-tested turfgrass seed.
Where to Buy Quality Turf Grass Seed
You’ll be buying your turf grass seed from a local supplier that carries the brand you trust most to create beautiful lawns. Finally, while buying grass seed you want to develop a positive relationship with your distributor because you’ll depend on their product knowledge, including brands, while buying grass seed.
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Where to buy grass seed and what kind to buy? You may get referrals for a local turfgrass supplier. Also, you can also search Google for “grass seed supplier near me” or “turfgrass seed distributor near me” to find your closest grass seed distributor.
Spyker Spreaders & Other Lawn Care Equipment to Put Down Grass Seed
Our tagline at Spyker Spreaders is “When You Add a Spyker, All You See is Green. Better Results—Higher Profits.”
Our high-quality spreaders and lawn care equipment help you be more efficient.
Here are the must-have spreaders and lawn equipment for professional grass seed:
- Our Ergo-Pro Spreader Series allows you to adjust the handles to meet your height. Our Ergo-Pro Spreaders also have an impact-resistant, bridge-free hopper design and fully enclosed metal gears with a lifetime warranty.
- We have the Spyker Handheld Spreader for those hard-to-reach areas and our new Commercial Drop Spreader that covers a wide range of turf, whether an athletic field or a municipal park.
- Our Pro-Series Ride-On Spreader has 5-star reviews and comes with a Honda 4.4HP engine, 3-5 MPH spreading speeds, and a 120-lb hopper capacity.
- After laying down grass seed, you need a lawn roller to tamp down the seed deeper into the soil. Our commercial push/tow lawn roller quickly switches from push to tow; you won’t need any tools.
- When filled with water or sand, the lawn roller weighs 270 lbs. The heavy-duty, extra-thick poly drum won’t dent or rust.
What are you waiting for? Get your new Spyker spreader and lawn roller to prepare and seed your customers’ lawns with ease and efficiency.
You can find our Spyker Spreader products at your local dealer or online at these retailers.
Have a question about your Spyker spreader? Then call our customer service at (800)-972-6130 or fill out our contact form.
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