The quality of grass seed can make a huge difference in your lawn in the Lehigh Valley area.
When it comes to choosing grass seed for your yard, one of the first things that come to mind is, “What’s it going to cost?” It’s natural to consider price, and it’s tempting to go with the lowest cost, but is saving money on grass seed actually cost-effective?
Learn why the choice of grass seed matters and the real price of cheap grass seed in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, and other areas of Pennsylvania.
Cheap grass seed can contain weed seeds.
When you’re looking simply at the sticker price, you’re not necessarily getting the full story. Low-price grass seed may contain more than just grass seed—and that’s not a good thing.
Grass seed brands with a low sticker price may cut corners in other areas. Imprecise grass seed production can end with weed seeds being thrown into the mix that, as you might imagine, will hurt your lawn’s appearance in the long run and give grass seed more competition.
Check the fine print for filler material.
Bags of grass seed include some fine print that most consumers don’t take the time to read. The ingredients list contains details on the types of grass seed included, as well as the percentage of weed seeds, and filler material, which add bulk but reduces that amount of viable grass seed. Fillers may include:
- Seed hulls
- Other fillers
Additionally, cheap grass seed is inferior in quality in terms of germination. Even with premium grass seed, you’ll still get a few duds that won’t sprout, but with cheaper seed the germination rate is generally going to be lower, which can potentially mean thin or bare patches and may require laying down more seed.
Our seed blend is designed for lawns in Pennsylvania and is composed from high-quality seed stock:
- 90% tall fescue
- 10% Kentucky bluegrass
Cheap grass seed will require weed control and overseeding to fix.
Investing in Green Turf Care‘s blend can save time and money. Let’s look at some numbers.
Our blend is $62.50 for a 25-lb bag and $125 for 50 lbs. Some of the less expensive brands include fillers and make use of inferior quality seeds and cost $40-$50 for a 25-lb bag. While you may save $20 or so upfront, the seed quality is low enough that you will likely have to pay much more to fix the damage done by low-quality grass seed.
Weed control treatments will be necessary to remove the weeds that you may have unintentionally planted. Overseeding will also be required to fix bare batches due to the lower germination rate. Fixing your lawn with these two services will easily cost more than the meager savings from the sticker price.
Premium grass seed is worth the additional money.
Cheap grass seed is just that—cheap. In this case, a low cost can disguise poor quality seed that can make weeds worse and have a lower germination rate than premium grass seed. You will ultimately have to apply more seed and spend more money, making the premium price that much more reasonable by comparison.
Need help with lawn renovation, overseeding, or other lawn care services? Contact us today.
Green Turf Care offers quality residential, commercial, and HOA property care in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus and nearby communities. Our services include overseeding, lawn maintenance, and premium grass seed starting at $62.50 a bag. Contact us today at (484) 452-3595 for more information.