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Grass Seed - Contractors Mix

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chris Wagner, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    What is the difference between a contractors mix and regular grass seed? The price is lower, but does that mean it has more weed seed or is less quality?

    If that's true, what do you use contractors mix for?
  2. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 261

    grass seed mixtures could vary greatly. You need to check for type of seed and its percentage of the mix.

    Typically a "contractors" mix will have annual grasses in them for quick germination in addition to perennial rye.
    Annual grass will last the year, but then the lawn will be bare, once the temps. drop.

    A better seed mix will have varying fescues, and some perennial rye for quick establishment.

    Some will also have a portion of kentucky bluegrass.

    For shade areas your types of grass will change to red fescues.

    So when it comes to seed, don't always grab the cheapest.


    Contractors mix is typically used when builders want to get a quick lawn and are not educated or do not care about the long term stability of the turf.
  3. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    What do you consider "regular" grass mix?
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Pretty much what Bam said. With a contractor's mix the lawn will look good until the house is sold, then turn to crap.

    In my area, many of the building contractors just York rake the lawn area, maybe add some horse manure and throw down some cheap seed which is mostly annual rye. The next thing you know it's a weed field.

    I buy my seed from a local garden center that has their own blend made up. What grows best really depends on your area.
  5. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Contractor's mix in my experience is cheap with lots of weed seed in it. Never grows well, I don't buy it.
  7. LawnSmith

    LawnSmith LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    contractors mix = johnson grass seed
  8. advantagelawn

    advantagelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    a contractors mix will have a mix of creeping fescues, for shade, tall fescue for heat, and rye, for quick establishment. these are all great for their certain situations, but not for unintended use, which many contractors use them for. also, the PLS (pure live seed) is much lower than that of a quality seed you would get from a distributor.

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