The Q&A Archives: Scotts or Pennington

Question: Which is a better quality seed, Scotts or Pennington? I live in Arizona and will seed with bermuda next spring and perennial ryegrass this fall? Thanks.

Answer: It's hard to make a judgement call between the brands. Pennington grass seeds are coated. According to the manufacturer, "The PENKOTED? seed process literally seals each seed inside a layer of material containing a specific fungicide and growth stimulant. These ingredients are vital in protecting the seed in the ground and assisting in the development of a healthy plant. Homeowners have found PENKOTED? seed more reliable and effective than using conventional uncoated seed."

On the flip side, Scotts seeds are coated with a water retaining material to help the seeds germinate more evenly.

I guess the bottom line is my suggestion for you to read the labels on the seed packages. Make sure the seeds are packaged for 2009 and that they contain the lowest percentage of weed seeds and inert material. This way you'll get more viable seeds for your dollar.

A a year 'round green lawn, you'll want your lawn to be a mixture of bermuda (warm season) and rye (cool season) grasses. You can begin by seeding in October with perennial rye and in March, when it begins to go dormant, overseed with Bermuda. You'll want to over seed with rye each October but your Bermuda won't have to be reseeded unless it becomes thin over the years.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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