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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Purchasing high quality seed

A lawn is a long-term investment, and the seed you buy is an important element in its success.


Blends and mixtures

Grass seed may be packaged as a single species, but more often is sold as a blend of two or more varieties of the same species or as a mixture of two or more different species. Because grass species vary in their tolerance to sun, shade, resistance to disease, and other factors, a blend or mixture of grass seeds usually produces a healthier stand than planting a single grass species. Mixtures usually include sun-adapted and shade-tolerant species.

Photo of a bag of lawn seed

Photo of grass seed content label


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