The biggest difference is the genetic purity, or quality assurance. Certified seed is tracked from the grower to the end user, so you can always review the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) trials and find out exactly what you’re getting. Common seed is not tracked, and generally has lower germ and purity and a higher weed seed count.
Common seed is often unpredicatable and inconsistent. You could buy common seed that is light and course one day, and dark and drought tolerant the next. If you’re looking at long-term maintenance, you need a predictable turf.
There's no secret to healthy lawn - they're the result of proper seeding, watering, fertilizing and maintenance. Check out our 6 Easy Tips to a Healthier Lawn to get you started. And feel free to contact us directly to learn more about building a beautiful green lawn.
You can use our environment guide, or contact us directly and we can help you determine the right amount of seed for all of your needs.
Use fine leaf fescues, and most importantly, once established, do not water them and do not use fertilizers.