What Is Canada Green Grass Seed?

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What Is Canada Green Grass Seed?
Everyone loves a lush green lawn. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Louise Docker)

Television and print media ads proclaim Canada Green grass seed to be a miraculous cure-all for trouble areas. The grass is said to withstand the most severe conditions, including drought, and quickly grow and spread in any climate zone. The vibrant, healthy lawn produced is claimed to resist disease, insects and undesirable crabgrass and weeds.

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Composition

Canada Green grass seed is not a pure grass cultivar. That which is sold in the United States is composed of creeping red fescue, annual ryegrass, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.

Red Fescue Component

Canada Green grass seed is from 48.3 per cent to 53.2 per cent creeping red fescue seed. According to a USDA fact sheet, this type of grass is best suited to cool climates with adequate rainfall.

Annual Ryegrass Component

Annual ryegrass seed composes from 23.4 per cent to 26.2 per cent of the Canada Green grass seed mixture. According to the Iowa State University Extension, annual ryegrass seed is undesirable because it grows quickly and stops perennial grasses from getting a good start.

Unknown Turfgrass Cultivars

While Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are recommended turfgrass types for lawns, both of these have many cultivars with varying resistance to diseases and insects. Canada Green grass seed bags do not indicate the Kentucky bluegrass or perennial ryegrass seed types used.

Recommendations

State University Extension Services in North Dakota, Utah and Iowa, all cooler weather states, do not recommend the use of Canada Green grass seed.

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